June 11, 1998 |
As prosecutors worked Wednesday to build a death penalty case against three white men charged with dragging a black man to pieces behind a truck, President Clinton said the people of Jasper must "demonstrate that an act of evil like this is not what this country is all about." Dist. Atty. Guy James Gray said prosecutors are considering whether the evidence is strong enough to add a second felony charge, such as kidnapping, which would make the killing a capital punishment case.
June 10, 1998 |
Three men with reported ties to white supremacist groups were charged Tuesday with chaining a black man to a pickup truck and dragging him two miles, tearing off his head, part of his neck and his right arm. The victim, 49-year-old James Byrd Jr., was a father of three who loved music and was friendly and well-known around town.
October 17, 1997 |
A military school cadet from Laguna Hills whose throat was slashed while he was sleeping, allegedly by two classmates, is living alone in a dorm room fortified with locks, while eight other students have dropped out, school officials said Thursday. Also, the drill instructor who supervised the accused cadets and lived in the dormitory where the attack took place was fired last week, and the suspects, one of whom remains in jail, have been suspended, Marine Military Academy officials said.
May 23, 1997 |
A Marine who was part of a team watching a suspected drug trafficking route along the Mexican border shot and killed a high-school student from Redford, Texas. The Texas Rangers were investigating, and military border activities in the area about 200 miles southeast of El Paso were suspended. Ezequiel Hernandez Jr., 18, was shot Tuesday after opening fire on four Marines, the U.S. Border Patrol said.
January 11, 1997 |
In a sudden reversal of fortune for two troubled stars, Michael Irvin and Erik Williams of the Dallas Cowboys were cleared of recent rape allegations Friday after sources said their accuser admitted the story was a hoax. The allegations that Williams sexually assaulted the 23-year-old woman while Irvin videotaped the scene are false, Dallas police said in a hastily called news conference.
January 3, 1997 |
Erik Williams, the Dallas Cowboy offensive tackle accused of raping a 23-year-old woman while teammate Michael Irvin held a gun to her head, proclaimed his innocence Thursday, and Williams' attorney said Irvin has not been at Williams' home in more than 1 1/2 years.
January 2, 1997 |
Cowboy owner Jerry Jones wasn't talking, Coach Barry Switzer said his players must be innocent because they have not been arrested, and at day's end, wide receiver Michael Irvin said he was not at teammate Erik Williams' house when a woman alleged she was raped at gunpoint. But a Dallas TV station, which broke the story, said its sources indicate that Irvin's voice is recognizable on a videotape of the incident seized from Williams' house and charges will soon be filed. Dallas police Sgt.
March 17, 1996 |
Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of the Roe vs. Wade case who is now opposed to abortion, is accused of pushing an abortion clinic worker in a dispute over a parking space. The scuffle happened March 8 in a parking lot shared by A Choice for Women clinic and the national headquarters of Operation Rescue. McCorvey, who works at Operation Rescue, bumped Tina Gannon's van with her car and then pushed the woman down, police said. Gannon, 35, a secretary at the abortion clinic, was not injured.
November 23, 1995 |
Television evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong has stepped down as head of his ministry amid allegations from a Texas woman that he sexually assaulted her during two massage sessions in July. Suerae Robertson, a licensed vocational nurse in Tyler, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in a state district court in Tyler, accusing Armstrong, 64, of making lewd demands and trying to force her to fulfill them. Armstrong stepped aside Nov. 11 as head of the Pasadena, Calif.
June 15, 1995 |
Four Dallas youngsters suspected of stealing $300 and a cash register from a store were forced to strip and run through a gantlet of about 50 Nation of Islam members who beat them with belts and bamboo canes, police said. Four members of the black Muslim group who were working as security guards at the mall were arrested on kidnaping charges. They are accused of beating the boys, then forcing them into the gantlet for more abuse during a four-hour ordeal.