New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Sunday, November 18, 1984 9AMass murderer expected not guilty verdict
DALLAS (AP) — Mass murderer Ab-delkrim Belachheb vowed before his conviction he would be “out on the streets in two months” and predicted his life would be chronicled in a book and movie.
Officials at the I^ew Sterrett Justice Center, where Belachheb was held pending trial on charges of killing six people June 29 at a north Dallas restaurant, said he scanned the newspapers each day, saving the articles about himself and the shootings.
The Morocco native also was the subject of the most intense security measures since Jack Ruby — the accused killer of suspected presidential assassin I .ce Harvey Oswald — was held 21 years ago, the Dallas Times Herald reported Saturday.
Belachheb, 39, was convicted Thursday and sentenced to six consecutive life prison sentences after a jury rejected his plea of innocent by reason of insanity. He also was
sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder and fined $70,000 — the maximum possible punishment.
Jail officials said Belachheb believed he would be exonerated after his wife hired defense attorney Frank Jackson, known locally for his successful handling of insanity pleas, and how he planned to divided the royalties from a book and movie about his life between his wife, his former wife in Europe and himself.
“It was almost like he didn’t think he was in jail,” said sheriff’s Lt. ILB. Sherman, who as nignt watch commander loaned Belachheb a pack of cigarettes one day and immediately was taken into his trust. “He really believed it was all going to work out for him.”
Sherman said Belachheb spoke of what he was going to do after he was found innocent.
“In his mind, he was convinced he would
be out on the streets in two months,” Sherman said. “He said he would go back to P^urope because ‘money is no object over there.’ ”
Jail personnel worked around the clock to ensure he was not hurt by another prisoner. After Belachheb attempted suicide by slashing his arms, guards worked to ensure he did not hurt himself.
“It put a tremendous strain on our operations,” said Major Bob Knowles, jail commander. “This county hasn’t had to provide such security since way back when Jack Ruby wras in jail.”
From the day of his arrest, Belaccheb had his own cell, which he kept meticulous, and his own shower. He was kept in the infirmary ward, where it was easier to isolate him from the other 2,000 inmates, Knowles said.
“We kept him away from the general population because we didn’t know who else
might be a friend or a relative of the victims,” Knowles said. “The sheer magnitude of the crime meant there were a lot of people with scores to settle.”
Officials also said they received reports of numerous threats against Belachheb during his stay at the jail.
To guard against Belachheb banning himself, a jailer standing less than IO feet away always had a clear view of the prisoner. The lights in the cell were left on 24 hours a day and an intercom monitored any noise coming from the cell.
“Nothing was going to happen to jeopardize his coming to trial,” Knowles said “We did it that way for his protection and our protection.”
Sherman said that as Belachheb became more accustomed to his surroundings, his demands increased.
“He’s got to have the limelight," Sherman said. “He wants attention. He constantly
tried to manipulate our system. He’s good at
In one incident, officials said, Belachheb faked a heart attack. He once refused to wear a pair of jail coveralls because they had stains on them He refused to eat his food if it was served on a paper plate instead of a plastic one.
Knowles said jail officials decided to transfer Belachheb to a state prison unit just two hours after he was sentenced Thursday.
We wanted to get him out of here as fast as we could so we could get back to normal operations,’’ Knowles said “We’d had enough of him.”
As he was transferred Thursday afternoon from the jail to an unmarked patrol car for the trip to prison. Belachheb was seen crying and walking unsteadily to the car.
“It wasn’t long until he was his old self,” Knowles said. “The car wasn’t even out of Dallas and the tears had dried up.”
Texas inmate stabbed during weapon search
ANGLETON, Texas (AR) An inmate was found stabbed to death in his cell Saturday at the Texas Department of Corrections’ Retrieve Unit, which was locked down while a weapons search was conducted in the wake of the slaying, authorities said.
Albert F. Williams, 28, was the 22nd Texas inmate to die in prison violence this year, according to TDC spokesman Phil Guthrie.
Guards found the body, stabbed several times in the chest, side and back, at about 3 p.m. after inmates told them Williams, who was serv ing five years for a forgery conviction from Dallas County, had passed out in his cell, Guthrie said.
He said authorities knew of no motive and had no suspects in the slaying, and added that the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department was investigating the incident. The lockdown confined inmates to their cellblocks.
In other prison violence Saturday that raised the number of 1984 prison stabbings to 361. an inmate at the TDC’s Beto I unit in Palestine was stabbed twice in the back and another suffered a broken arm during a brawl involving a third prisoner. Guthrie said.
Assistant Warden Joe Collins said the incident may have been an outgrowth of pressure for protection
Willard Bell, 24. serving a four-year sentence for unauthorized use of a vehicle, was taken to Anderson County Memorial Hospital in stable condition. Guthrie said.
Terry Mayo, 25, serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated sexual abuse, was transferred to nearby Beto 2 Unit with a broken arm, he said.
The third prisoner. Dwight Taylor, 23, who was sentenced to ll) years for burglary of a habitation in Brazoria County, was not harmed and later placed in pre-hearing detention at Beto I, he said.
Investigators said Mayo apparently attacked Bell rn a unit dayroom about 12:15 a.m., Guthrie said.
When Taylor saw what was happening. he picked up a board and struck Mayo, he said. The pair struggled briefly with guards.
Two weapons — a butter knife that had been sharpened and a knife fashioned from a piece of metal were found later in the dayroom. Guthrie said.
The incident came about ll hours after three inmates were stabbed by six other prisoners in Brazoria in a hallway at the TDC’s Clemens Unit. which houses primarily young convicts
2 midwives suspended after stillbirth in El Paso
EL PASI) AP) The licenses of two El Paso midwives were suspended for 30 days following an investigation into the birth of a stillborn child, officials of the city’s I-ay Midwifery Commission say “The commission felt the midwives waited too long to transport the mother and the baby to the hospital." Carolyn Routledge, chairwoman of the commission and a certified nurse midw ife. said Friday.
Officials say a 19-year-old woman gave birth to a stillborn child on Nov.
4 while under the care of Diane Holzer and Velia Rodriguez, two of about 20 lay midwives licensed to practice in El Paso County.
The woman, giving birth to her first child, was taken to Thomason General Hospital by the two midwives after they detected low heart sounds from the baby.
By the tune the mother arrived at the hospital, however, the baby was dead and doctors had to deliver the child by (Caesarean section, Ms. Routledge said.
The Midwifery Commission, a nine-member board that issues licenses and enforces city and county ordinances concerning lay midwives, appointed a subcommittee to investigate the case.
The suspensions are the first by the commission since it was created about four years ago, Ms. Routledge said.
The women were accused of violating part of an ordinance that requires a midwife to consult a doctor in case of breathing problems or any type of heart distress in the fetus.
“This is not a witch hunt, but we will see that the law will be enforced,” Ms. Routledge said. “Ihe bottom line is that we want to ensure safe care for mothers and babies.” Ms. Holzer and Ms. Rodriguez are midwives with the Alameda Maternity Center.
Shan Daniels, director of the center, called the suspensions unfair.
"It seemed a little unfair to me that their licenses were immediately jerked. Ifs a pretty heavy slap on the hand considering that they’re emotionally upset,” Ms. Daniels said.
Ms. Rodriguez has delivered babies for 30 years, and Ms. Holzer
has attended more than 300 births. Ms. Daniels said Neither woman previously had had a baby or mother die during delivery, she said.
To receive a license El Paso, an aspiring midwife must pass oral and written exams, show proof they have delivered at least 15 babies under supervision, know cardiopulmonary resuscitation and attend midwifery school.
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