Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 6, 1992 · Page 19
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Wednesday, May 6, 1992 The Arizona Republic D5 Was death a mistaken 'hit'? Phoenix case is subject of TV program By Abraham Kwok The Arizona Republic The file on Doug Johnston compiled by the Phoenix police homicide detail summarizes simply: death unknown. A 35-year-old computer technician, Johnston was shot once in the back of the head as he sat in his beat-up Toyota station wagon in the 2200 block of West Northern Avenue while awaiting the start of a midnight work shift one night in May 1990. Police had suspected a possible suicide, committed because of a stack of debts estimated at $14,000. The problem was, the pistol used was never found. And the likelihood that the right-handed Johnston would shoot himself behind the left ear seemed implausible. Now, two years later, his death is the, subject of an Unsolved Mysteries show, airing today, that proposes a scenario even more complex and strange: Johnston was killed in a professional "hit" meant for a free-lance, investigative reporter. Universities to By Victoria Harker The Arizona Republic Thousands of Arizona university students will don caps and gowns, receive degrees and bid farewell to their alma maters in graduation ceremonies that start Friday. Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America, and award-winning author Tony Hil-lerman will be among those receiving honorary degrees at two Arizona State University commencement ceremonies Friday in the Activity Center. Becky Lynn Wong of Mesa, outstanding graduate from the College of Education, will be the speaker at the morning session, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Laura Ruth Peck of Tempe, outstanding graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be the speaker at the afternoon session, which begins at 1:30 p.m. About 3,000 students are expected to participate. Also on Friday, ASU's College of Public Programs will hold its 13th annual convocation to honor its graduates at 4:30 p.m. in Gammage Auditorium. Longines. Still of Elegance p3 Music and Longines go : i ) V w tti u in its Qwn way, a splendid marriage of art and craftsmanship. The Cosmopolitan wondrously captures this same harmonious balance. Stylishly sleek, ultra-thin, Swiss quartz with a soft, sinuous bracelet finished in 18K gold, the Cosmopolitan is truly a symphony of elegance and style. COSMOPOLITAN by LONGINES SWITZERS : JEWELERS (Park Central Only) TOWNE JEWELERS : GLITTER & GOLD JEWELERS 'k ZALES Phoenix & Scottsdale SCHMIEDER & SON JEWELERS Watches shown are smaller The reporter, Don Devereux, drove a car like Johnston's and lived across the street from the parking lot where Johnston was found. Both had beards and shared a similar build. The TV program, which will be shown at 7 p.m. on KPNX-TV (Channel 12), suggests that Devereux may have been targeted because of his probe into the 1977 death of Tucson escrow agent Charles C. Morgan. Devereux contends that Morgan worked for a mob network that smuggled gold bullion out of Southeast Asia. Morgan's body was found in the desert with a bulletproof vest on and a .357 Magnum slug in the back of the head. Morgan's case was featured, with Devereux's help, as an Unsolved Mysteries segment in February 1990, three months before Johnston's death. "I'm not here to tell you for certain that the bullet that Johnston took was meant for me," Devereux said this week, "or that there's a known contract out on me for looking into the bullion conspiracy. "But I do know that I'm concerned." He said he has received warnings from Phoenix police and others, including a Feb. 1 call from a reporter with CIA sources who intimated that the Johnston shooting was "a botched hold commencement rites ASU-West will hold a convocation Friday at 7 p.m. on the Fletcher Library lawn on the campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road. The ceremony will honor graduates who have completed all or most of their upper-division or master's-level courses at the Phoenix campus. Speakers will be ASU President Lattie Coor; Andrew Hurwitz, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents; and Vernon Lattin, a former ASU-West provost. . On Saturday, Chavez will be the special guest at ASU's ninth annual Hispanic Convocation at 5 p.m. at The Mercado in downtown Phoenix. Valley TV personality Jose Ronstadt, master of ceremonies for the affair, will conduct the convocation in Spanish and English. In Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University, about 1,850 students will graduate during ceremonies Friday at 9 a.m. in Walkup Skydome. Honorary doctorates will be awarded to Yukio Yamamoto, a world-renowned ceramist; Carol Gross, superintendent of the Alham- a Symphony and Style. hand in hand. Each, WEISFIELD'S 3 Locations KAY JEWELERS Mesa PETITE GENEVE Tempe GANEM JEWELERS Tempe than actual size. Doug Johnston His shooting death in May 1990 is the subject of an Unsolved Mysteries show, airing today. . V; J, job." "And that they will probably come around again, and this time they'll make it look like an accident," Devereux said. Detective Leo Speliopoulos, a Phoenix police spokesman, said he was unaware of any investigation of the Johnston case that involved Devereux. Others who know Devereux say he is a zealous researcher who sometimes get blinded by flawed conspiracy theories. Johnston's widow, Denise, for one, believes Devereux. "Doug had no enemies," she said. "He also wouldn't have killed himself, because he was happy and finally getting a steady income to pay off his loans. "As far-fetched as the professional-hit suggestion sounds, I really do believe in it." bra School District in Phoenix and 1991 National Superintendent of the Year; and Walter R. Snow, a Westwood High School teacher in Mesa and 1992 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Nora Garcia, chairwoman of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, will speak at the universitywide commencement, which will be followed by individual ceremonies by NAU's schools and colleges throughout the afternoon. In Tucson, the University of Arizona will hold two separate ceremonies May 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the McKale Center to honor its 3,000 degree recipients. 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