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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas State Page 6A Friday November 13 1987 Teen certified as adult in officer slaying WAXAHACHIE. Texas (API A teenager was certified to stand trial in connection with the shooting of an undercover police officer, but his attorney says he will appeal the ruling arguing because the hearing was unconstitutional County Court At Law Judge Al Scoggins cer tified Greg Knighten. 16. after testimony from eight witnesses during a closed, three-hour hearing Thursday at the Ellis County Courthouse Knighten is accused in connection with the shooting death of George Raffield Jr . 21. a Midlothian narcotics officer who posed as a student in an undercover investigation into drug selling at Midlothian High School He was found shot twice in the head and lying in a field “Because of the nature of the offense and the way it was committed. I think it calls for adult penalty.” said Mary Lou Shipley. Ellis County district attorney Knighten now must face an Ellis County grand jury which wil be asked to indict him on charges of capital murder in the fatal shooting Ms Shipley said Defense lawyer James Jenkins said he would challenge the certification on the basis of a law that took effect this fall The law allows a grand jury to recommend whether it would indict a juvenile on a charge it he were an adult The recommendation is placed in the juvenile’s court file before his certification hearing An Ellis County grand jury issued capital murder recommendations against Knighten and a second 16-year-old allegedly involved rn the slaying Jenkins said the process denied Knighten his constitutional rights because he was not allowed to be present during the grand jury hearing Shipley said the new law is unclear but said that she asked the judge to ignore the grand jury’s recommendations when deciding whether to certify Knighten By doing so, Shipley said. she hopes to avoid a reversal on appeal Without certification, a juvenile can not stand trial and won t be sent to prison As an adult the maximum sentence for a juvenile cer titled as an adult and convicted of capital murder is life in prison "It’s such a tragedy, and we’re just shock ed." said the boy's father. Thomas Knighten 44. an 18-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department Knighten s father testified in the hearing saying that his son is "easily led and influenced by strong personalities." Jenkins said Two other Midlothian High School students are accused in the killing of Raffield. a rookie police officer Richard Goeglem Jr . IT. was indicted on capital murder charges Tuesday in a separate hearing Thursday, state District Judge (iene Kntze set Goeglem s bail at $500,000.    an amount    too    high for    the teenager’s family to raise, said his attorney \S Lee Johnson of Ennis Goeglein's    father. Richard    Goeglem    Sr testified during the hearing that he is an unemployed    hair stylist    and    that hts    wife recently got a job as a w aitress Because he turned IT little more than a month before the slaying Goeglem automatically will stand trial as an adult and faces death by lethal injection if conv icted A capital murder warrant was issued last week for the third suspect, a 16 year old boy who told authorities he    saw    Goeglein    and Knighten drive away with Raffield the night of the shooting and later picked up the two teenagers at a prearranged location siw a court affidavit The youth also told authorities Knighten showed him a pistol saying that he and Goeglem were going to kill Hatfield The teenager whose name is t>eing withheld because he is a minor is expects! to surrender to authorities in the next several days Shipley said Prosecutors also will seek to certify him to stand trial on capital murder charges as an adult Senate approves waste amendment despite objections Funeral home foils 'perfect' homicide SAN ANTONIO AP Bexar i ounty Sheriff Harlon Copeland says alert funeral home workers foiled what might have been a perfect homicide Copeland said the workers noticed bruises on a 63-year old woman s t*odv and tipped investigators, who later determined the death was a Homicide and arrested a 46 year old man for murder The body of Augusta May (>ber I arider w as found slumped on a couch in her home Nov 7 Officials believed she had died of a heart at tack, but her death was ruled a homicide Thursday by the Bexar County Medical Examiner s Office after bruises were found on the woman s head "I d say Alamo Funeral Home was on its toes. Copeland said "I’m afraid that body could have been buried and we d never have known it was a homicide.’ the sheriff told the San Antonio Express New s Roger John Allison 46. was ordered held in the Bexar County Jail in lieu of $ bond Medical examiners office spokesman Dewey Cashwell said. "This head injuries could have easily gone unnoticed said the victim s grandson Richard Emey 24 Farm said family members had only recently learned from friends of Oberlander that she had complained in the past of t**mg hit or beaten Copeland said that deputies sent to the woman s house did not mm- any signs of foul play and paramedics said it appeared the woman had suf fered a heart attack Frank CastiMon chief medical in vestigator of the Bexar Countv Medical Examiner s office said a medical investigator wasn’t called ti* the death scene David Crosby says he's 'grateful' for drugs and weapons convictions la KS ANGELES AP    Rock singer David Crosby says he s grateful for his drug and weapons convictions, which cost him five mon tbs in prison before they were thrown out by an appeals court "Even though they put me in the penitentiary on a case they shouldn’t have I feel gratitude because it may have saved my life." Crosby said after a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday he was caught in an illegal search "I hope other people will learn from my experience and avoid drugs I ve been clean for nearly two years now and I have the state of Texas to thank for it.” he said Crosby, who became famous with The Byrds and later with Crosby. Stills and Nash was arrested in 1982 in his dressing room at a night club in Dallas He was convicted on cocaine and handgun possession charges "Because I rn no longer a con v icted felon that means that I get my vote which is very v»*ry valuable to me I care a great deal about it. he said It also gives me my right to travel and means I’m off parole and that s nice The Texas Court of Criminal Ap peals ruled, 5 4 that a Dallas policeman had no right to search Crosby’s night club dressing room on April 12. 1982 Tile policeman found FEY S E-Z CAR WASH "J, 955 Hwy. 46 South Invites You to Come By for Our Grand Opening Celebration Saturday & Sunday Nov. 14th & 15th Refreshments Will be Served Drying Towels Will be Given Aw ayWe Guarantee Your wash! Authorities ■'aid they conferred with the woman s doc tor and (fended that natural death w,i> a logical possibility based on the reports (nun tile scene Ther txnly w.iv then taken to the funeral bonn* where workers discovered th** bruises a few hours later An autopsy determined that Rh* head injuries caused the woman > death Trey Vaughn assistant manager of the funeral home said several employees saw the bruises VS*- just felt like it w,iv something the medical examiner should l«*>k at Vaughn said As far as I rn concerned through the funeral homes diligent e ami alertness we were Kepi from burv u.g a homicide victim (ast ll Ion said WASHINGTON AP Despite last minute appeals from Texas two senators, the Senate passed a measure limiting the Energy Depart ment’s search for a high level nuclear waste site to one of three sites already chosen Sons Llovd Bentsen and Phil Gramm opposed the bill Thursday because they said Texas still ha' a one in three chance of t>eing picked as the host state a decision l>oK is required to make under the bill by Jan I 198V The Energy Department has chosen Deaf Smith County Texas \ucca Mountain Nev and the Han ford Nuclear Reservation in Washington stat* as the tinal three candidate site' under terms of the 1982 Niu lear VS aste Pol*cy Vt I While the amendment does hot sjHvifv which of three site' will t*-chou sen. Vucca Mountain is widely regarded as the front runner for a variety of reasons including its Uk.i Hon in the middle of a nu* lear weapons testing range Despite the tilt toward Nevada both Texas senators chose to vote against ttve bill Nm ause thev said Texas could still t«e the site pu ked t v Until! an overwhelming *» k» vote Uh-semite atta* h**d the amend" i-nt sponsored by sens J Bennett Johnston D La and James Nit (’lure R Idaho to a SIU billion energy gested a single site selection deadline of Jan I 1991 and I find that much more reasonable and realistic " Bentsen said The amendment also postpones further consideration of a site in the eastern I mted States until the year 2uiu which both Texas senators have objected to consistently in the past Dm* portion favored by Gramm was a federal Incentive payment of Sloe million annually to the ho'f state Obviously if you want somebody to take a garbage tw-.ip that society has to have you ve got to compot! sate them to do it I believe that the compensation ideas is the coms t way to go alinit tho tie said But Gramm said the measure needed a provision guaranteeing the state chosen by util accept the repository Ender the (arrent measure any govern) such a designation he', I think it make' no s go (Hit and spend $ bi three different boo guarantee w her* us to states In < v et( th that anv shafts a and water uppropri for a vote next week TTM- bottom line 19N9 the secretary going to tie in a posit u final determination as site that is to be i ateg Gramm a Republic an Bent sen a Denim rut lh«* date 'houid ie pus1 avoid having tile I*' is.i< lame duck energy mm The senate comm virunnietU and pantie w ions bill slated that by Jan I energy is no! ton to ma se a ' to th* single the ( the an fron Pan ager In hit)!! sets prat que I ira flan M>h gued to D ha; Hie Crosby crouched on the floor with a propane torch in one hand and glass pipe in the other (in his lap w as a bag of cocaine according to court records Police also found a pistol after they took Crosby to city hall He wa' sentenced to five years in prison for the cocaine conviction and a three year sentence to tie served at the same time as the cocaine sen tern e for unlawfully carry mg a weapon in a tavern The dressing room search was ii legal because the officer testified tie went into the dressing room after I got curious as to whether ttiere was a law tieing violated or not in there the appeals court said Our Grand Opening Gets Rolling! }V We re celebrating the Grand Opening of our New Braunfels shoppe at 161 I 35 W Come on over and celebrate with us — we ve got freebies and fun for everyone! • Bring the kids and we ll give them free balloons • Free cake while it lasts • Mayor George I (ban will christen the shoppe at 10:30 a rn Sat., Nev 14 • KGNB/KNBT will broadcast live' ..................... ENTRY    BL    ANK Register to win a IO speed bike Draw inc) will be held on Saturday December 5 Drive-Thru Service Available. NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE_ PHONE DAY /ll' PHONE EVENING 161 1-35 West ;