james stevens trile sental 19sept1961

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their U.N. Ham- with by l a n , West, countries veto his late He take by Prosecutor Rests Case; Defense Calls Witnesses an he by she windows and p.m. p.m. ALLEGAN -- Allegan Prosecu tor Ervin Andrews rested his cas at 11:15 a.m.' today after parad ing a number of state police an crime lab technicians in the mur der trial of 16-year-old Jame Scott Stephen, accused slayer c two Jenison Park girls last Ma 29 in the Macatawa Hills. Defense Attorney Gordon Cun ningham has announced he wil put Stephen on the stand in hi own defense, but whether Stephei would toe called late this afternoon or some other time was not deter mined at noon today. Cunningham also will call Stephen's mother Mrs. Kenneth Kerbs, as a witness First prosecution witness callec this morning was Richard Harold Gee, father of Carol Gee, 11, with whose death Stephen is specifi cally charged. The other victim was 1-2-year-old Margaret Cham bers. a neighbor of the Gee gir in Jendson park. Gee, who described his daughter as one who never caused trouble was an all-A student and -a second second mother to younger children in the family, was followed by four witnesses associated with the state .police crime lab in Easl Lansing. Most dramatic incident was the showing of 35 color slides of wounds of Carol Gee shoWn by Dr. Edgar Kivela of the Michigan Department of Health who holds Ph. D. degrees in bacteriology and chemistry. At the outset of the slides, Stephen's mother started to cry and was led from the court room by Cunningham, followed followed by her husband. Stephen did not look at the slides and kept his eyes down on the table, his chin in right hand.- There was no outward show of emotion. Cunningham -asked Kivela why it was necessary to show such pictures and Dr. Kivela said it was very difficult to describe exact exact portions of the body. Cunningham Cunningham said Dr. Glaser had done very well the previous day with the use of a doll and Kivela said, "I wasn't here yesterday." Cunningham also asked why color color was used and Kivela said bruises, etc., showed up better in color than in black and white, whereupon Cunningham s a i d , "Yes, color is very effective in front of the jury." The prosecution objected, and the objection was sustained. Det. Lt. Wallace Van Stratf director director of the crime lab, testified how he accompanied Del. Sgt. Daniel Mier to the Kerbs home to pick up the gun. Van Stratt, who said his main association with the case was handwriting, identified identified the handwriting of a note found on the girl's sweatshirt indicated indicated the gun was about six inches away for a shot in the chest. Meyers said he could not get the gun to fire accidentally by jarring, nor could he get the gun to fire (Additional stories, picture page 6) automatically, adding the trigger had to be pulled each time.- On examination, Cunnigham established there were three ways to make the weapon fire automatically automatically with the aid of some alterations, alterations, but Meyers said no alterations alterations of any kind were evident when he received the weapon. Before the morning recess, Lt. Van Stratt was recalled and submitted submitted the projectile removed from the head of Carol Gee. Andrews said he had a few other other prosecution witnesses but would not call them. i First witness called by 'the defense defense was George Romeyn. 16. of West 32nd St., who testified he had known Jim for some time and that they had hunted and engaged in sports together^ He described Jim as quiet and soft spoken, one who seldom fought, but he added Jim could be mean sometimes and described an incedent when Jim poured ,gas over a bird and touched a match to H. On cross examination, Romeyn said he (George) had quickly killed the bird. He testified he had gone into the hills with Jim the afternoon of April 29 but had spent only a half hour there, although they usually spent more time in the hills. On the way back he said Jim saw a bird and fired quite closely to George's ear, something unusual since Jim usually was careful with guns. He added he did not feel at ease with Jim. JFK to Decide On Weapons And Aircraft WASHINGTON f'U'PI) The Kennedy administration will make "major decisions within the next 'ew weeks on long-range planning for aircraft and weapons development, development, it was reported today. The report was issued by Chairman Chairman John C. Stennis, D-Miss.. of he Senate preparedness subcommittee. subcommittee. He talked with reporters ollowing a "highly secret" meet- ng between members of his group and the President. Defense Secretary Robert S. VIcNamara also sat in on the half- lour White House meeting. Stennis Stennis said he and his subcommittee members gave Kennedy- and Mc- Vamara an oral report on the ubcommittee's findings this year. ·He said their presentation covered covered all phases of defense with emphasis on missiles, strategic jombers, and weapons research nd development. Stennis added that the admin- stration was "making decisions ow as to how much faster can e move, or shall we move, with espect to future weapons." He said these decisions would nclude what to do with extra money. Congress voted against administration administration wishes for additional J52 bombers and research and de- elopment on the B70. He said decisions also would be made with respect to the future i f . - i i , T · · « « · · ) IGVTC w 11*1 JLCO'L/CVt' LU Hit 1VIIU1 C left in a motel at Levering, Mich., j of mobi]e M f nuteman missi)es as that of Stephen Mier, detective which can be mounted on rail- sergeant of the latent print section section of the crime lab, testified there were no identifiable prints on the weapon he had picked up at the Kerbs home. Det. Sgt. Charles Meyers testified testified he had conducted ballistics tests on the weapon, firing a total of 53 test shots, and positively identified the gun as the weapon which kHled the girl. He also performed performed distance'tests, he said, and explained that powder marks road cars and hustled about the country to escape detection. Stennis said the administration was measuring the nation's capacity capacity to produce a variety of weapons weapons as well as the speed with which research and development can proceed. GRADE A EGGS, 3 DOZ. M Bacon, 49c Lb. 13th St. IGA 13th Maple Adv. Select Houston For Control Site WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The spaee agency today picked Houston, Houston, Tex., as the site of a $60 million laboratory which will serve as "command center" for manned flights to the moon in this decade and to the planets later. for peace talks at that time. Rumors, and nothing more, it that Sture Linner. the Swedish chief of the U.N.'s Congo operations, operations, was coming too. There no immediate indications he was in Khiari's party. A spokesman for Khiari said the U.N. diplomat had arrived here to "go ahead immediately" with cease fire plans. The peace effort went on not far from the place where the'56- year-old Hammarskjold's body lay in a ulain coffin in Ndola hospital prior to being shipped back to Sweden for a probable state funeral. funeral. Khiari's plane, a DCS similar the one in which Hammarskjold and 14 others died in a shattering crash into a line of trees seven miles from Ndola Airport, flew under escort of three Rhodsian air force planes. Rescue workers found two more bodies in the wreckage today, bringing the number of dead to 15. There was one survivor. The bodies presumably were those of two Swedish soldiers who had been added to Hammarskjold's security guard. The U.N. in Leopoldville Leopoldville identified them as Sgt. Stig Olaf Hjelte, 21, and Pvt. Evald Persson, 20. Despite the fact the lone survivor survivor on Hammarskjold's plane, Sgt. Harold Julien. a U.N. security security guard from the United States, said he heard "explosions" before the crash, this possibility was discounted discounted here. So was the rumor that the plane may have been down. The question of sabotage remained remained high in many minds' but there was nothing at all to support it from investigators on the scene. Congo Fighting Eases Situation Remains Tense LEOPOLDVILLE, The Congo (UPI)--Fighting eased off in the Katanga capital of Elisabethville with little activity in the past 24 hours, a United Nations spokes man said today. There was no news from Jadot- ville. the industrial-mining town 80 miles northwest of Elisabeth- ville. where a 155-man Irish U.N. garrison had been besieged by a large force of Katangese. Last word was that the Irish had been "overwhelmed" by the attackers. The spokesman added that the Kamina base in North Katanga still was firmly held by U. N. forces. He denied reports from Usumbora, Ruanda-Urundi, claiming claiming that Kamina had fallen to the Katangese and its 500 Irish and Swedish U.N. defenders had surrendered. surrendered. To the north in Albertville. the spokesman said that Indian U.N. troops dispersed attacking Katan- gese forces who fired small arms and mortars at the airfield. The Katangese then surrounded the U.N. hospital there, but left without without interfering with the patients. One Indian was killed and another wounded and one Katangese was captured. It was reliably learned, meanwhile, meanwhile, that jet fighters requested "rom Ethiopia to counter a pair of Katangese Air Force jets had not arrived for the U.N. force. The jets had trouble getting flight clearance and refuelling permission permission along the way-. Here in Leopoldvill*. a national day of mourning was declared to mark U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's death. Hopes for bringing peace to Katanga were dashed when a plane carrying Hammarskjold to a meeting with Katanga President Moise Tshombe crashed in the jungle Monday. The Katanga president accused U.N. soldiers of killing 1,000 of his people, "some of them after they surrendered." He told a n e w s conference Monday at Kitwe airstrip in Ndo- la. Northern Rhodesia, shortly before before taking off for Katanga that "U.N. aggression has cost us dear." "About 1.000 of my people, black and white, civilians and soldiers, soldiers, men, women and some children, children, have been killed," he said. "Some soldiers were shot after they surrendered to U.N. troops as they walked forward with their hands in the air." Central Congo Premier Cyrille Adoula issued a statement here which led observers to speculate that Hammarskjold's death may presage a switch to a more anti- Western policy. Adoula said the secretary general general and his aides "fell victim to shameless maneuvers from Western Western financial powers." The statement added that the I Congo government was dismayed 'at the scandalous interference of certain foreign countries in our affairs." 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Clipped from The Holland Evening Sentinel19 Sep 1961, TuePage 1

The Holland Evening Sentinel (Holland, Michigan)19 Sep 1961, TuePage 1
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