The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 1, 1998 · Page 8
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Salina, Kansas
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A8 MONDAY. JUNE 1, 1998 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNfAt; "It's not a celebrity case." • Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School Low-key trial Despite celebrity of victim's father, Cosby case to result in typical trial By LINDA DEUTSCH The Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — When America's favorite TV father, Bill Cosby, lost his only son in an apparent robbery gone sour, the tragedy touched parents everywhere. Here was proof that wealth and fame could not insulate even the most privileged families from random crime that afflicts America. MARKHASEV But as jury screening begins today in the trial of Mikhail Markhasev, a 19-year-old Ukrainian emigre charged with Ennis Cosby's death, the high drama that usually accompanies a celebrity trial is absent. "Other than the fact that the victim came from a celebrity family, it's not a celebrity case," said Laurie Levenson, associate dean at Loyola University Law School. "It's more of a typical street murder, and you'll see the kind of evidence that's normally seen in dirty murder cases, not in exotic high-profile cases." Cosby has let it be known that he won't attend the trial and that he has confidence police arrested the right person. Ennis Cosby, 27, was shot Jan. 16,1997, while changing a flat tire on a roadside. Markha- sev, who has a history of gang affiliations and a previous brush with the law, was arrested nearly two months later. There are some problems for the prosecution. Jailhouse informants and witnesses with pending drug cases are likely to have their credibility attacked. But Henry Hall and Harriet Hawkins, the public defenders representing Markhasev, face the tougher battle. Beyond the effect that Bill AP file photo Bill Cosby holds a portrait of his son Ennis as he speaks In January 1997 to a studio audience In New York. It was his first taping of a "Cosby" episode before a live audience after Ennis Cosby's murder. Bill Cosby says he won't attend the trial of the suspect accused of killing his son. Cosby's public image will have on the jury, there's the possible use of a confession which the judge has approved for admission at the trial. According to prosecutor Anne Ingalls, Markhasev told friend Michael Chang that he shot Ennis Cosby. According to court papers filed last year, Chang and another man, Christopher So, told police that Markhasev called Chang days after the slaying and asked for help in finding a gun he had thrown away that night. The three looked for the gun but could not find it, and So later reported the matter to police, according to the papers. With the two men leading the way, police officers went to the area and reportedly found the gun, a .38-caliber pistol, wrapped in a dark knit cap which prosecutors say they have linked to Markha- sev. Attacks on the evidence and police procedures are likely, said Levenson, but they won't be made by big-time lawyers such as Johnnie Cochran Jr. and F. Lee Bailey. "This case is being tried by public servants, not celebrity lawyers," Levenson said. "You don't have big names but you have very good, regular lawyers." The search for jurors may be the greatest challenge for both sides. Superior Court Judge David Perez has summoned a group of 450 possible panelists to undergo a process known as "time qualification." Prospects will be asked if they can serve on a trial estimated to lastfour to six weieks. If they can,.they will be giv- en a written questionnaire to fill out. Lawyers will have nearly two weeks to peruse the answers. On June 16, those who have not been eliminated because of schedule problems or obvious bias revealed on their questionnaires will return for in- person questioning, where the victim's celebrity father will be the focus. "In jury selection, you have to get at whether someone is going to vote with their head or their heart," said Levenson. "What parent wouldn't identify with Bill Cosby? "The defense attorneys have to weed out people who are so emotionally tied to the Cosbys that they will want to vindicate them. If jurors feel they are there to represent the Cosby family, that's a great danger to trie defense." T MOVIES T MUSIC She leaves the group; other four to go ahead with planned U.S. tour By The Associated Press LONDON — Ginger Spice said Sunday that she is leaving the Spice Girls, but the all-girl pop group will continue to perform with four members and tour the United States as scheduled later this month. Reports of strife in the band surfaced Wednesday after Ginger Spice, whose real name is Geri Halliwell, failed to appear with the group at the televised National Lottery Draw. She also missed concerts in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday and Friday night. Baby Spice Emma Bunton, Posh Spice Victoria Adams, Sporty Spice Melanie Chisholm and Scary Spice Melanie Brown performed without her for the first time — and announced Sunday they will keep on singing as a foursome. The official line had been that Halliwell had suffered a bout of stomach pain, and was recuperating. But in a statement read Sunday The Associated Press Geri Halliwell, or Ginger Spice, says she's leaving the group over differences wtih other members. afternoon by lawyer Julian Turton, the 25-year-old Halliwell said: "Sadly, I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This-is because of differences betwe.en us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them" all the best. P.S. I'll be back." The statement did not elaborate on the differences. The announcement led to-imme- •• diate speculation that-Hall'iweJl, a dominant member of the group, might launch a solo career in music, or possibly move to television. The redhead once emceed a quiz show on Turkish television and posed for a series of nude photographs, which have since been published in several countries. Penthouse recently ran a package of nude pictures of Halliwell on its Web site. The four remaining Spice Girls said in a statement read by their spokesman Alan Edwards that they were "upset and saddened by Geri's departure but we are very supportive in whatever she wants to do." Apologizing to their fans "for 'Hope Floats' near top as 'Godzilla' slows down Bullock movie finishes second in box office tally for the weekend By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — "Godzilla" held onto first place at the box office, but its legs were wo"bbly as ticket sales fell to an estimated $18 million for its second weekend. The Sandra Bullock crossroads- of-life film "Hope Floats" opened at No. 2 with $14.6 million. Already judged a disappointment as blockbusters go,' "Godzilla" had a relatively weak $5,438 per-screen average, according to industry estimates Sunday. Over the four-day Memorial Day weekend it had sales of $55.7 million and a $16,836 average. "As they say, 'Size does matter.' And 'Godzilla' came up short," said Art Rockwell, an analyst for Drake Capital Securities in Santa Monica. Despite falling expectations, "Godzilla" was expected to pass the $100 million mark on Monday. The second-place debut for "Hope Floats" was good news for Bullock, whose "Speed" fame was threatened by the miserable sequel "Speed 2: Cruise Control." Bullock, who was co-executive" producer, stars as a woman returning to her hometown after the breakup of her marriage. The storyline of poignant human situations offered moviegoers a clear option to monster theatrics. "Deep Impact" continued to do well, finishing at No. 3 with $10.1 million. The film has earned $112* million in four weeks on a fraction of the publicity and expectations accorded "Godzilla." -."The Horse Whisperer" and the Warren Beatty political satire "Bulworth" also had good earnings. Chris Farley's final film, "Almost Heroes," opened at No. 7 with $2.8 million, and "The Last Days of Disco" opened well in limited release. "Godzilla" was hurt by competition but also because it failed to make good on the hype generated by a yearlong publicity campaign, Rockwell said. MAURE WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron Thinking Flowers? * \ ' **' 'ul Parties & Events "The Uncommon Florist" • 921 Shalimar Dr, (behind the Southeate Dairy Queen") CUSTOMER NOTICE Effective May 2, 1998, Excel Telecommunications, Inc. increased the per minute rate for its Dime Deal Service offering from $0.1000 to 0.1500 for all calls placed on an instate basis. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please do not hesitate contacting a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-875-9235. Subtract Ginger from Spice Girls recipe Dress Sizes In having to go through all of this," they said: "The Spice Girls are here to say. See you at the stadiums!" In addition to their 40-city tpur of the United States and Canada, the Spice Girls are to appear at a June 9 charity concert irr.Ronfe. with Stevie Wonder and Luciano Pavarotti, and in Britain in September. The U.S. tour begins on June 14. "There will be another album and everything else," Edwards said. "Spice will live for many years to come." Since the Spice Girls sacked manager Simon Fuller last year, all decisions affecting the band had been made by the five members themselves. WEIGHT LOSS CLINICS Clinic Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 2450 S. 9th- Suite #208A, Salina BILLS? CONSOLIDATE $ 10,000-$110/mo $50,000 - $550/mo WO EQUITY REQUIRED 1-800-819-7010 Or Visit Our Websltel (AP16) GIVEAWAY The parents, students, and community members of Ell-Saline High School would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to our "A Night at the Oscars" 1998 after prom. This event was held on April 26th at All Star Lanes. Without the help of the community, parents, and the businesses who donated items, this event would not have been able to be held with our children's safety in mind. All Star Lanes Augustines Bank of Tescott Bath & Body Beauty Shop Bennett Autoplex Bennington Bank Bike Tech Blimpies Block Buster Video Blue Beacon Bridal Cake Shop Brown Welding C.W. Lynn Abstract Candle Cupboard Carroll's Downtown Central Mall CityofBrookville Coldwell Banker REALTORS 1 Communication Serv. Co. Coppertan - Elmore Center Cunningham Flowers Curling Iron Dauer Implement Dave's Conoco Dickinson Theaters Dillons of Salina Doug & Kathy Bradley Doug Bradley Trucking Drs. Cole & Cooper, P.A. E. Crawford Conoco Ell Saline Lions Club Exide Battery F.O.E. Auxiliary #765 First Bank of Kansas Flowers by Oscar Gordons Jewelers Great Plains Fed. Cr. Union Green Lantern H.G. Peterson Hair Loft Headley's Clothing Hedville Grain Helen Graves Holidome of Salina J.C. Penney's Long John Silvers Long McArthur Ford Mane Event Mid State Htg. &A/C Mrs. Lori Brannon Ott Oil Company Payne Oil Company Pet Life by Robert's Premier Pneumatics, Inc. Putt-Putt R& J Salina Tax Service Radio Shack Regis Rusty's Salina Crime Stoppers Salina Regional Health Salina Bi-Center Sam's Club Sam's Optical Sears Security Savings Bank So-Fro Fabrics Snorts Village Stage Subway Supertan Tony's Pizza Trevors Triplet! Storage on N. Ohio Vernon Jewelers Video Max/McPherson Wal-Mart VValco International, Inc. 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