March 4, 1993 |
As messianic cult leader David Koresh and more than 100 followers awaited "instructions from God" before agreeing to surrender their armed prairie fortress, a well-supplied force of law enforcement officials laid groundwork Wednesday for a long siege, vowing not to risk another bloody assault on the compound. Two high-ranking federal officials acknowledged publicly that last Sunday's raid on the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, which left four U.S.
March 3, 1993 |
A heavily armed cult leader who has held federal agents at bay for three days promised to surrender himself and scores of followers Tuesday, but the time set for their capitulation came and went without any break in the increasingly tense standoff. Throughout the day, there were intimations of a pending end to the conflict between David Koresh, his followers and as many as 400 federal agents gathered at the cult's 77-acre compound 10 miles from Waco, in central Texas.
March 2, 1993 |
Ringed by hundreds of armed law enforcement officials, machine-gun wielding members of a messianic religious sect released six children from their fortified compound Monday, but the concession did little to ease the state of siege that has set in since four federal agents and two cult members were killed in a chaotic firefight on Sunday.
March 1, 1993 |
Federal agents attempting to serve search warrants on a heavily armed religious camp near here early Sunday were ambushed by raging gunfire that left four of them dead and 15 others injured, several seriously. About 45 minutes after the automatic weapons fire began, a cease-fire was negotiated by surviving agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the cult's leader, a 33-year-old guitarist and ninth-grade dropout who is said to believe that he is Jesus Christ.
March 1, 1993 |
For 50 years, the cult involved in a violent and bloody shootout Sunday with federal agents near Waco, Tex., has been preoccupied with the long-foretold catastrophic end of time--an awful day of reckoning when the wicked would be brought to judgment. But as federal agents stormed the cult's armed fortress on Sunday, it was the group's leader, David Koresh--a man who claims to be Jesus Christ--that agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were attempting to bring to justice.
October 13, 1992 |
It's hard to imagine a case with two antagonists more estranged than Linda Sue Davidson and Tupac Amaru Shakur. Davidson, a white middle-aged state trooper's wife, has spent the past 20 years raising her two children in this tiny Texas town where country music rules the airwaves and John Wayne's portrait hangs on the wall of the local cafe.
September 17, 1992 |
Popular music is back in the courtroom--on a murder charge. Six weeks after Time Warner Inc. and Ice-T pulled the controversial "Cop Killer" song off the market, an unprecedented legal battle over another album released by a Time Warner subsidiary promises to reopen the bitter national debate over artistic expression, free speech and corporate responsibility.
February 23, 1992 |
After an extraordinary series of middle-of-the-night phone calls, the Supreme Court at the insistence of four justices agreed early last Wednesday to rule on whether the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted murderer in Texas who may be innocent. But, at the same time, the high court turned down an appeal for a stay of execution of the man, whose lawyers say can be proved not guilty by new evidence.
March 24, 1989 |
The man whose wrongful conviction became a celebrated case because of a movie won his unconditional freedom Thursday, but not before a series of events that cast a pall on the Dallas justice system. All charges against Randall Dale Adams, convicted in 1976 of murdering a policeman, were dropped by Dallas Dist. Atty. John Vance, who said there was not enough evidence to justify a retrial.
March 23, 1989 |
Former Death Row inmate Randall Dale Adams said Wednesday that he wants to go home to Ohio and never return to Texas, the state that imprisoned him for 12 years for a crime he says he did not commit. However, Adams, who was released from a Dallas prison on Tuesday, said he is not bitter about the past and believes a new trial on charges of killing a police officer would further clear his name. Shortly after his release, Adams flew to Houston to meet with his attorney.