New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Attorneys plead their cases in Ortiz murder trial
Bv DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
As of presstime Wednesday, closing arguments had begun, but weren't anywhere close to conclusion, In the murder trial of Juan Ramon Orttz
The court's charge was read by presiding Judge A Reagan Clark, Ironically mingled with the yells for Justice from protesters
outside the courthouse Then the judge said each side would have two hours — one hour per attorney — to argue to the Jury’.
Ortiz Is charged with the murder of Ramon Turclos, 15, one of four El Salvadorans found shot along the Brazos River bank last July 4 The killings were allegedly to revenge the shooting death of a "coyote," or smuggler with the Los Te/as gang
Bernard Hobson, first assistant district attorney for Fort Bend County, used his argument time to summarize a week and a half 's worth of evidence There were no eyewitnesses to this crime. A conviction will be on clr-cumstanclal evidence," Hobson opened
Hobson recounted bits and pieces of testimony from various witnesses. Including that of the
state's key witness, Gerardo Orlgel Bere? "Perez knew that Juanlllo had a 9 mm gun, because Ortiz told him. He told him this gun makes a hole In your forehead about this big "' Seven 9 mm hulls and one spent shell were found several days after July 16 near where the four bodies were discovered, and were Introduced into evidence during the course of the trial.
Hobson asked the Jury of seven women and five men to remember a video tape, shown at the beginning of the trial, of the grisly scene when* the bodies were found
"No other gang member had a scar like Ortiz. Juanlllo looked different In July that he does now," Hobson said. "He didn't have a suit on then. Hts hair w as long, he had a moustache.
"Even the maintenance man at the Creekview Apartments (where the illegal aliens wen held) Identified Juanlllo He said 'Yes, he delivered people. He was there until about July 16 when all the coyotes pulled out "And then finally there was Mrs Orttz — Juanlllo's wife. She said the defendant was with her
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(USPS 377 880'Infant boy loses battle to disease
MEMPHIS, Tenn (Alt -Thirteen month old Brandon Hall, the world's youngest double liver transplant recipient, died today of cardia* arrest, a hospital spokesman said.
Brandon died at 3:30 a rn. with his mother at his sldt*. said John Donlca, a spokesman for la* Honheur Children's Medical Center.
The child s mother, Billie Hall of Walnut Miss , told hospital officials afterward she Wanted "to thank the news media and the American people for their sup. l»ort and prayers." I ionic a said "She knew Brandon would not have received two livers without their help Mrs Hall has donated her son's cornea to an ey* bank In Memphis, Donlca said Plans for funeral services were pending, and Mrs Hall asked that In lieu of flowe's, memorial donations be made to th* Children's Liver Research Fund ut Le Honheur Brandon, who would have been 14 months old Thursday, had
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Shamir —if Syria stays, we stay
JERI SALEM (AP) Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir warned today that Israel will disregard its troop-withdrawal agreement with Lebanon and "act as It sees fit" if Syria and the PLO refuse to pull their soldiers out of Lebanon
Shamir told Parliament the agreement would be signed "In the coming days" by both Israel and Lebanon Hut lf Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization refuse to withdraw their forces, he saxl, the agreement will be considered suspended Israel will be free to act as It st*»*s fit and a* cording to itM Interests Shamir spoke to Parliament to blunt criticism of the ac*Ord, worked out In Secretary of State George p Shuit/ in two week-* of shuttle diplomacy A vote on the p.*< I Is expected In Parliament next w eek Opposition lather Party lender Shimon peres charged trust the government had bungled both last year s Invasion of L* batton and the troop withdrawal negotiations peres
said his party would not support an agreement that "perpetuates Illusions and ignores reality."
Although the clauses of the pact have been widely publicized. Shamir 'n speech contained the first official version of them He said the agreement began by declaring "the end of the state of war" ami recognition by each country of the other's territorial in tegrlty It bans hostile propaganda and ex plantation of either country's territory for terrorist actions, he said It also provides for formal negotiations on trade and border crossings six months after Israel s withdrawal, but In the meantime th** border traffic, which began shortly after Israel s Invasion last June, will continue, Shamir said Shamir said Syria’s "extreme statements" denouncing the agreement "have no factual basis ”
Victims identified from fatal crash
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The pilot of the small plane that crashed Mondos night in a field south of New Braunfels was probably using Interstate 35 for guidance and flying low to avoid the jog, a spokesman from the Department of Public Safety said
The three passengers and pilot of the single engine Cessna 1H2 were burned beyond recognition in the crash that occurred shortly before midnight Monday
The four killed war** officially identified Wednesday morning try Justice of th** Peace R (J "Doc Blanchard as Galen G Gilbert, 33, of San Antonio; Raymond L Hydrazine Jr , 24. of Helotes, Anthony Earl Davis, 27. of I .a '.ti ji>.* .od Maria Trevino. 35, of dan Antonio
At the time * rf the crash th** National Weather Service reported that New Braunfels was cloaked by heavy fog and misty
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NBISD students write 'thank you's' for passage of bond propositions
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The one group that will benefit most from the recent passage of the New Braunfels In dependent S* lush District's $s HS million bond package is not a silent group Children throughout th*- s* h**ol distil* t were elated over the bond package's passage -especially those who will benefit from the construction of a new elementary school and the addition of air conditioning to all schools. as w as proposed In the bond package
Among those most excited were the younger children in grades kindergarten through third who have for the past week been submitting letters to the Herald Zeituny thanking voters, the newspaper and anyone else who supported the bond Issue
A typical response came from Adela Ataman of Ixrne Star "Dear voters." wrote Aleman "Thankyou for voting yes and I love you all " Of the three propositions included In NBISD's bond package — which voters overwhelmingly approved May 3 — air
conditioning was the one Item which got students most excited, a few local teachers said.
"Dear Voters, ’ Mrs MayRuth Meyer's second grade class wrote "Thank you for
vatting for air-conditioning because it will make our schools cooler and help us do our work better
The files and gnats won't bother us anymore I can hardly walt until we get all conditioning!’’ the letter added
"Hardly wait was an understatement of the anxiousness felt by school c hildren wan ting air-conditioning, three elementary teachers said "In my room (second grade at Beele r they asked lf we could turn on th** air conditioning," said Meyer Th** day following th** bond election teacher Candy Herbeltn was asked by her class 'will It he cool tommorow?"
First grade teacher t indy Wilkins ex perienced a si mi) tar r**a* lion at Lone Star Primary. "One little boy caught me in the hallway he ran up and hugged rn** and said did you hear., we're going lo get airconditioning That was foremost in his mind he was very excited," Wilkins noted Although air conditioning was the top at* tcntlon-getter for youngsters, th** construction of a new elementary school — us was proposed In proposition one of NBISD's bond issue also made children happy
"They definitely realize that we’re over crowded,” said Wilkins, referring to Lone
rain and visibility was about two miles
Gilbert, the pilot, made "statements to friends in San Marcos" that he w mild be trying to follow the road i IM 85 * and fly low under the cloudiness and fog to get tmck to Sati Antonio Na nam ore said
The crash occurred when th** plane Clipped a high-voltage power line caught fire and (trashed Ult© a wheat Held ap proximately JHX) yards from Interstate 35 near Schwab Road, said DPSSgt John Narrarnor**
Gilbert and Pedro/me wet** amateur comedians and it i. believed that they were returning from a Monday night pei for malice at the Monkey Bai night club in San Marcos, Narrarnor** said The DPS of; elal sn.ct he d als© heard that tile se same two hat! also performed al th** San Antonio Comedy Club
JO Johnson an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, win* was
unavilahle for comment Wed nesday, reported to the Assn* atm: Pressihni preliminary in vestigatton showed no engine problems w ith th** Cessna The pilot had not filed a (light plan and probably was following Interstate 35 back to San Antonio when the Cessna clipped the lim* and caught lire. Johnson laid Witnesses of lh** accident told the DPS that the plane ap pat ently was t r y lag lo land on th* highway when the 325,non volt power lines sheared off its bm ding gear
The flaming Cessna flew about 1,000 yards before crashing into the field, witnesses said ae cording to the Assot sited I* ess
Interstate Hfi was partially * I os*** i about hi v hours Tuesday because of the high voltage wires downed by the pl me Blanchard s.od no aulop * were ordered since we > n u what killed th* jo the Inn > ,
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Air traffic controller begins jail sentence
FOR T WORTH < AIM A former air traffic controller frays his union's decision to strike the federal government was just and light " even though he Is beginning a DO day prison sen ten ce f or his illegal w alk out
i iai s Greens surrendered to federal marshals Tuesday g.*v<* his wife un emotional farewell and wa.** taken in handcuff** to a minimum se* urlty pr ison to begin serving the sentence
* Greene. .Uh was president o! th** local representing controllers at Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport when la* joined Iii** August iuhi strike by ii <mm» members of tin Professional Mr Traffic Control**!* Or gam/.*! ion 'The striking cont roller * complained of adverse working conditions and insensitivity by the Federal Av tat ion \u
ministration "It was ,t just and righ* decision It w as necessary in ti* I w • <11*1 it. Greene aid to reporter and a crowd of supporter*- ami former PATt'O member gathered at th* federal * ii thou He here Tuesdav His w it** ( ’br in. howcv cr a 'I she felt k i rn I of «*!ii| tv now
“I don't appreciate the thorn tit ol losing my husband tot wo days, 's h* a id
( ’out! nile I * who *11*1 lot ll mediately return to well w* i* fired bv Pi ** aleut Reagan I t only a few vs *■ i * pro et uh ti
The AKL < 'I*) issued ■> * alin statement Tuesday, saying it w .t "appalled at tin* vindictive!** displayed by tin* jailing ol ,n: control!* J (jury Green** in I t Worth today "
Star th** most crowded school In the district "They know how hard It Is to get around In
the room. * she noted "My morn is wull-to wall desks with very little space And the < htldren will sometimes say thai Ifs noisy in here to today t because there art* 27 children In her class b
So thev really ar** aware of the problem Wilkins added 'The third proposition listed in NBISD’s hood issue that called for th** construction of a new administrative building was not opt most in most childrens' minds.
But they still talked about it Meyers’ second grad** class bilked of it In terms of the building being needed for our leaders to have a new Office," th** teacher said In a telephone in tervtew
A few Lone Star students also remarked on it in their letters submitted to the Met,lid Au to rig
"I’m glad you voted yes that is lf you did." Lone Star stud* nt Joe Ha Hinds#!! noted "We need airconditioning and a new ad ministration building "
The younger aged children did not un derstand all the specifics of what a bond election Is, but most had some grasp as to the
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