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BenUen had been hit by shotgun iioi firoH hv McCov and had then Hrmcnml in the Mississippi River when his body was tossed over a bridge railing, witnesses testified. The unsolved Des Moines slaying is that of Geralyn Jean "Gigi" Kean. Kean, a Lincoln High School senior, was found dead at her home at 446 S.E. Hart St. about 2:30 p.m. on July 29, 1975. She had been shot five times in the face, back and side with a .38-caliber handgun. McCoy, an acquaintance of Kean's husband of eight months, is considered a "top suspect" In the Kean slaying, says Des Moines Police Lt. Ed Harlan. Harlan said Kean had been pistol-whipped and the trigger guard of the weapon had broken off and was found near her body. "We have never been able to find the gun, though generous rewards have been offered," Harlan said. Harlan said police are looking for a five-shot, blue steel .38-caliber Iver Johnson revolver with serial number 641832, which had been registered to McCoy. Died of Drowning In testimony at McCoy's trial at LaCrosse, Edward Warren, 25, of LaCrosse who was granted immunity from a first-degree murder charge testified for the prosecution that he was with McCoy when McCoy shot Bentzen. He also said he helped McCoy dump Bentzen into the Mississippi River from a bridge near LaCrosse. Dr. Ruth Dalton, a pathologist, testified that Bentzen died from drowning but that his ability to swim to safety was impaired by shotgun wounds and that he could have died from loss of blood since two vital blood vessels were punctured. McCoy admitted firing three shots at Bentzen with a .410 shotgun, but he claimed Warren tossed Bentzen over the bridge rail. Kean at Trial What seemed to be unimportant testimony to observers in LaCrosse , was of great interest to Des Moines investigators and to two Des Moines residents who attended McCoy's trial: Michael Kean. 24. the victim's husband, and Kean's mother, Mrs. Joe Kean. Michael Kean, who discovered his wife's body in the bedroom of their home, had known McCoy as a fellow worker at Union Carbide Corp. here. What piqued renewed interest in McCoy by the Keans and Des Moines police was testimony by Warren, the state's key witness at LaCrosse, that he had seen a .38-caliber pistol in the trunk of McCoy's car sometime after the Bentzen shooting. The pistol had nothing to do with Bentzen's death, but investigators now are trying to find McCoy's car, which was burned mysteriously in Minneapolis before McCoy's arrest last June 29 in connection with Bentzen's slaying. The long-shot hope of investigators is that the remains of the burned car are impounded or sitting in a junkyard somewhere and that the pistol Warren says he saw may still be in the trunk of the car. In Des Moines, Kean said he went to McCoy's trial at LaCrosse because "I just wanted to see him face to face, but I was told I couldn't talk to him." Kean recalled that on the day of his wife's death someone had called him at work and asked if he (Kean) was going home for lunch. When Kean said he wasn't, the caller hung up. Mrs. Kean, who had attended summer school classes at Lincoln High until about 12:30 p.m. the day of her death, is believed to have died during the noon hour. McCoy, then living at the Oakridge Apartments at 926 Oakridge Drive, was arrested by Des Moines police shortly after Mrs. Kean's death. He was held for several days on an intoxication charge, but no charges were filed in connection with the Kean slaying. Mrs. Kean was the daughter of Nadine Wilson of Des Moines and Don Wilson, a West Des Moines attorney who died in March 1973 of injuries received in an auto accident McCoy's sentencing on the second-degree murder conviction is scheduled for June 14. He could be sentenced to 5 to 25 years in prison. Officials say McCoy could be eligible for parole in 20 months if be is sentenced to a minirrum term and is given credit for 10 months in jail while awaiting trial. ARMY ROTC CONTROVERSY BREWS AT ISU GAO Continued from Page One Olberding had seen a psychiatrist, a statement he says now he should not have made. Meanwhile, Bill Geary, 20, the Army ROTC cadet who asked to be "disenrolled" in protest over his instructors' conduct, is out of the Army after maneuvers by military officials here and elsewhere that he believes were taken to stifle dissent regarding Army ROTC procedures. Geary, an ISU junior on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship, requested permission to resign from the Army in a letter to Frazer dated March 20, claiming disenchantment with Glass, Hart and Frazer. The conduct of the three instructors was discussed in the Harl committee's 350-page report, released about three months ago. That report was prepared after Olberding had labeled as a "whitewash of the facts" an earlier four-page report written by Richard Van Iten, ISU associate dean of sciences and humanities, and two others. Many of Olberding's initial and subsequent charges were found by the Harl committee to be true. Others were said to have been caused by misunderstandings. Olberding is now on inactive status after turning down the Army s attempt to transfer him after he made his charges. He may return to active dutv if he wants to. Olberding is now a graduate student at ISU. It was mistreatment of Olberding by ROTC members and university administrators, Geary said, that helped him decide to quit. He also ODjeciea n the unwillinirness of university and ROTC officials to admit that mistakes had been made. Request Refused Frazer refused Geary's request, pointing to the Army's financial investment in Gearv's education $7,500, Frazer said and the cadet's failure to cite sufficient reason to oe allowed out. Later, citing Geary's dropping of a military science class as evidence, Frazer told Geary he would be given a board hearing on his disenrollment request. The Army, irazer saia, would contend that Geary was guilty of "willful evasion of contract," since he had dropped the class and continued to receive Army benefits. Geary, who said be told Frazer of his plan to drop the class at about the same time he requested disenrollment, contends Frazer had approved his plan since his status as a cadet was then uncertain. Frazer signed his name to Geary's "drop slip" - ISU's procedure for withdrawing from a class which was at least tacit approval of his plan, Geary said. Frazer said in an interview that he had signed his name to Geary's drop slip, but denied that by so doing he had approved Geary's plan. "That would have been tantamount to approving his request for disenrollment," Frazer said. After checking with university officials, Frazer said, he signed the slip only to prevent confusion and delays in university record-keeping. "Bill Geary knew very well that I could not hog-tie him and drag him to class," Frazer said. "I did not aDDi-ove his reauest I acknowledged it, but I didn't agree ... or condone it." Geary objected to the Armys charge that he had not fulfilled the terms of his contract. He wrote to Clifford Alexander, secretary of the Army, to express his dismay. He also telephoned Starry. Those actions, Frazer and Geary agree, were what caused the Army to change direction and tell Frazer to release Geary for "failure to maintain requirements for enrollment" i.e., failure to attend class. Disenrollment on that charge did not require a formal board hearing. Geary said the outside scrutiny forced Frazer to drop the "contract" charge. Frazer said that decision had been made by others, not him, but he conceded that Geary's contacting Army officials had focused extra attention on the case. , Geary, now honorably discharged, is not happy with the way the matter was resolved. He wanted a board hearing, he said, in the hope that statements he would make there would prompt a new inquiry into Army ROTC practices at ISU. Nixon tops Carter in Nebraska polls LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) - Richard Nixon was a better president in the midst of Watergate than Jimmy Carter is today, according to persons questioned then and now in the Poll of Nebraska Public Opinion. In a copyrighted poll appearing in Sunday's editions of the Lincoln Journal and Star, just 25 percent of the 1,138 Nebraskans surveyed late last month like the way Carter is doing his job. In late April of 1974, Nixon got a 37 percent approval rating from Nebraskans who were polled. At the same time, half of those surveyed thought he participted in the Watergate coverup and a third said he should be impeached. Last stop, all out LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) - Several people were injured slightly Sunday when two cars of the train at the Lincoln Children's Zoo were derailed, one falling several feet from a trestle, authorities said. SUMMER NECESSITIES: Suntime dresses in the lightest, coolest fabrics ever, in just the right new colors. Dresses for daytime and night time or both ... in everything from cotton to silk. And sportswear to spend entire sunny days in. There's tots more, at the personal attention fashion store! Sizes 4-20. discover Mtdolln Shcpard. Ltd. 314 Sixth Avenue In the EmitaWe Building Hour 9.30-5:?0. Mon.-Fri.. 9 30-5:00 Soidayi There Is Gold In Your Closet Now is the time to protect your investment and put your valuable winter garments in our vaults. Now, during the month of May, is also your opportunity to trade in your dated furs and save 20 to 50. 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