New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal hiver.......... 208 cfs (down 4)
Canyon inflow ........ 250 cfs (up 147)
Canyon outflow........143 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer ....... 623.60 (up .09)
Canyon Lake level .... 907.90 (down .02)
Council to consider
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Vol. 94-No. 177
34 Pages —3 SectionsLocal family protests TDC stabbing death
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Their brother was killed in a Texas Department of Corrections prison unit on I^aborDay.
They say they feel no hate toward the prisoner, or prisoners, who killed him. But this week, the family of 22-year-old Raymond Delgado is .speaking out against the system that is the hotbed of violence.
“We don’t have much power, but we have the voice and we’re going to yell out,’’ said Martin Delgado, one of Raymond’s seven brothers.
“What we’re after is the prison system that allows this,” said
another brother, Felipe Delgado, who is a San Diego minister. “No system is unbeatable. There’s got to be a change.”
Raymond Delgado was stabbed once in the chest and twice in the
back Monday night about 7:50. The wound in his chest is said to have severed his pulmonary artery.
He reportedly ran to the guard’s station and a doctor was called. But, Raymond Delgado died at 8:15 before a doctor arrived. He was the 22nd inmate to die this year.
“He was set up,” said Martin Delgado. “Word was that he was set up. But, why he was set up remains a question.”
Raymond Delgado was sent to TDC after violating his probation following a burglary charge. He would have been there for two years, Felipe Delgado said But while there, he was involved in a fight with a fellow prisoner, who was killed.
Raymond Delgado was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was transferred to the Ramsay II unit.
Martin Delgado blames the prison system for putting his brother in cells with prisoners facing two and three life sentences. “He had to fight everyday of his life. They’re (fellow prisoners) not going to get out of there and they know it,” he said.
“I know you’ve got to pay for your crimes,” he said, adding that pnson are supposed to rehabilitate inmates, “not so you become a more har-dended person and fear for your life.”
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Capital murder trial begins
31 people are killed
By DEBBIE DetOACH Staff writer
A total of 225 notices were mailed to Comal County residents, but only 12 of them will wind up as jurors in the capital murder trial of Rodolfo Baiza Herandez.
Court Administrator Martin Allen said jury selection is scheduled to begin at 9 a m. Tuesday.
Monday has been reserved for presiding 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer to hear various pretrial motions in the case
Hernandez, 35, was one of two San Antonio men charged with capital murder, in connection with the gangland-style shootings of five Mexican nationals off FM 1863 on March 7.
The other suspect, Jesse Garibay Jr., is expected to testify against Hernandez in an apparent plea bargain with the state.
The last time capital murder charges were issued rn Comal County was in 1982, when two other San Antonio men were accused of kidnapping Robert Williams, 58. and his 46-year-old wife, then sexually assaulting Mrs. Williams and hanging her husband in a shed off Bear Creek Road
That capital murder case ended without a trial.
Francis Irving Chandler and George Edwin Pittmann pleaded guilty, and each was assessed two consecutive life prison terms.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder said he accepted the 1982 plea bargain because there hadn t been an execution in Texas since 1964 But seven days after the bargain was sealed. Charlie Brooks Jr . was executed by lethal injection.
Other possible testimony in the Hernandez case could come from the four surviving victims
The fifth, Victor Manuel Serrano Cervan, 20, of San I ahs Potosi. Mexico, was fatally wounded in the incident.
Allen said the pre-trial motions set for consideration Monday do not include a change of venue request.
Pfeuffer denied that motion on June IO. despite testimony from two locally prominent Mexican-Amenc-ans that Hernandez' surname would prevent him from receiving a fair trial in Comal County.
City Councilman Valdemar Espinoza and New Braunfels ISD Trustee Aguinaldo Zamora sup-
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Bill Walker, from top left, clockwise, of San Antonio, Mrs. A A Luckenbach of Lake Jackson, E. X. Snovel of San Antonio and Helen F. Buchanan of Lake Jackson concentrate on their hands Saturday at the Unit 172 New Braunfels bridge sectional. The
annual tourney drew of crowd of 120 people. It has been hek in New Braunfels for the past three years. Play continues at 1 ’ a.m. and 4 p.m. today at the Civic Center.Flight recorder in plane crash found; may be of little help
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The cockpit voice recorder of a crashed passenger jet was found Saturday, but investigators said it might have been too damaged to provide a clue to why the plane rolled and plunged nose-first just after take-off, killing
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Jimmy Delgado, a leader of the Progressive Human Rights Coalition, wants to improve the economic status of local Hispanics.
He developed his plan, and formed a corporation to help implement it, while gathering evidence for his brother’s lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels.
Robert Delgado, an inmate at a Texas Department of Corrections unit in Huntsville, filed a lawsuit against the city in 1961 charging that he was brutalized and his civil rights were violated. His suit also complains about inhuman conditions at the city jail.
all 31 people on board.
“We may not get anything from it,” said James Burnett, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
“There was nothing that resembled an airplane," witness Jack
Robert Delgado’s suit was amended in 1983 and is in the hands of an American Civil Uberties Union lawyer being amended for the second time.
Jimmy Delgado said he hopes a federal court date will be set soon.
In the meantime, he has gathered information on alleged brutality at the hands of New Braunfels police.
“When I first got into this, I went out on the streets and ask people if they had heard about so-and-so getting beat up,” said Jimmy Delgado Friday from his New Braunfels home. “I did that a few times and then they started coming here. They were trying to find a way to let it out — there’s no other avenue for relief.”
Schroeder said of the wreckage of the Midwest Express Airlines DC-9, which crashed as Flight 105 en route from Madison to Atlanta via Milwaukee.
What appeared to be the pilot’s arm was visible in the w reckage, still
Jimmy Delgado has appeared several times before a aty-based Police-Minority Relations Study Committee At one of the closed-door meetings, he presented a handful of complaints against one New Braunfels officer.
About a month ago, he said, he presented to the city manager a petition signed by about MO West End residents asking for the removal of the same officer.
Jiminy has other complaints, and says they amount to about 50 affidavits.
The affidavits, which will be used as evidence in Robert Delgado’s case, list such incidents as harrassment and threats, along with punching and kicking by police of-
gripping the controls, a priest said Burnett said the voice recorder was the most damaged one he had ever seen.
“It s very severely damaged ... but we may get something out of it,” Burnett said at a news conference at
Beers. Some affidavits claim arrests without a warrant, and the lack of attention to injuries caused rn the alleged beatings.
“These are all witnesses in federal court to Robert’s suit," Jimmy Delgado said. “If their case merits their own suit, they will follow their own avenue.” -While he waits for the court date, Jimmy Delgado is staying busying working on solutions to ending the alleged problems with the New Braunfels Police Department.
Delgado believes Hispanics are being singled out because of their economic status He’s out to change that. “I am going to implement plans
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the crash site Saturday. Whatever was said in the cockpit, we'll get if the tape is in good shape ”
The orange box protecting the voice recorder was crushed at one end.
Witnesses said the twm-engine jet seemed to roll twice about 1.000 feet above the ground Friday afternoon shortly after taking off from Gen Billy Mitchell Airport, then crashed and burst into flames about a half-mile south of the runway.
“It seemed to stall out and then
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very, very slowly, the wings began to tilt,” Schroeder said Saturday rn an interview from his Sheboygan home “It took a nosedive and took two or three spins Then it hit and there was a delay of about IO or 15 seconds and then there was an explosion of flames that went hundreds and hundreds of feet in the air.”
The flight data recorder from Flight 105 was recovered Friday night.
See CRASH. Page 12AToday's weather
The high Sunday is expected to reach 96 with partly cloudy skies. Tonight should be fair and mild with temperatures in the mid 70s Saturday’s high was 97 and Friday nights low was 77 Sunset tonight will be at 7:44 p m and sunrise Monday will be at 7:13 a rn.Bad gas
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Delgado is looking to improve the economic situation of area Hispanics