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St. Louis, Missouri
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Monday, March 20, 1995
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tA bl.LUUIS POST-DISPATCH MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1995 Wilson From page one mildly retarded with an IQ of 71. He had never been accused of a crime and was working as a school janitor and living with his mother and grandmother in Aurora. After three sessions with police, he confessed to the Martz murder. He later entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder charges. Under the Alford plea, Wilson did not admit guilt, but he acknowledged that the state had enough evidence to convince a jury that he was guilty. Atchison said the attorneys defending Wilson at the time entered the plea to avoid the a course in between, such as suggesting another round of appeals in state courts or the federal courts, relying on recent decisions involving newly discovered evidence. Why Wall Recanted Wall, 26, now lives in Springfield. He appeared on ABC's "2020" this month and said Wilson was not involved in the Martz murder. In the sworn statement he gave to Atchison, Wall said he had kept quiet during the nine years since the murder because he was afraid of the police. "I lived in Aurora, and I was afraid of what might happen if I said that the police made me say that Johnny Wilson killed Pauline Martz," Wall's statement said. death penalty. Brownfield is serving a life sentence in Kansas for his part in a murder that occurred 16 days after Martz was killed. The second murder took place in Pitts burg, Kan. , which is about 85 miles northwest of Aurora. Brownfield has provided details of how he and another man used duct tape to tied up Martz and how they set fire to the house to destroy a stun gun that they had misplaced during the crime. Despite Brownfield's admissions, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected Wilson's appeal in 1991. Wilson's attorneys filed a request for executive clemency last May. "I did not kill Pauline Martz," .Wilson said in his pardon request. "I understand that Chris Brownfield has admitted that he was involved in the murder and has given information to the state. I want to be released from prison." Joe Bednar, the governor's attorney, has been investigating the pardon request. "We are still in the process of gathering additional information," Bednar said. "We have made requests of defense counsel, and we are reviewing information we have gathered so far. We look toward trying to make a decision within a short period of time." Carnahan has a wide range of options. He could either grant the pardon or reject it. He could also choose Despite Brownfield's admissions, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected Wilson's appeal in 1991. Wilson filed for executive clemency last May. "Afterward, I was also afraid that I might get into trouble for saying that Johnny Wilson killed Pauline Martz, when I knew that it was not true. "I am now mmmmmmmm telling the truth' about what happened in April 1986 because it is the right thing to do and because I feel very bad about Johnny Wilson being in prison for something he did not do." The "2020" television program prompted about 35 letter writers and 65 callers to ask Carnahan to pardon Wilson. The program also had an impact on Dale Porter, who lives in Springfield. He is the regional coordinator for United We Stand America, Ross Perot's political organization. Porter said the southwest Miss ouri chapter of the organization is, circulating petitions asking Carnahan to pardon Wilson. "People in this area are shaking their heads and saying: 'When is something going to be done about this?' " Porter said. "This is what we call an injustice. With all the evidence and all the national publicity, we feel like someone is dragging their feet. We don't feel like justice has been done for Johnny Lee Wilson or Pauline Martz. 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George said that media reports, i particularly those by national televi-' sion networks, have been biased in i Wilson's favor. "This has been one of the most biased-reported cases I have ever seen," George said. "They've all taken the side of poor little Johnny Wilson, who had three attorneys. No-; body has any compassion in this case for Pauline Martz, her surviving fam- ily or anybody else. It was a brutal I murder, and nobody was running j around to Johnny's side back then." "He pleaded guilty," George added. "He believed the state had sufficient information that if he went to trial he would have been convicted. We have to have finality in our pleas. ; "It's not fair to the state and the victims in the case once you have pleaded guilty to want a trial. We still think that the courts have followed the correct pattern in the case. The matter has been reviewed. The proper avenue is through the courts and not through political intervention." BRIEFS NATION BOMBING OF JAPAN Scientist Questions U.S. Decision In WWII Fifty years after the fact, the scientist who helped develop the atomic bomb said Sunday that while the decision to drop the bomb on Japan saved lives, a demonstration over Tokyo Bay would have lessened the devastation. Nuclear physicist Edward Teller told an applauding crowd made up mostly of war veterans at a San Antonio, Texas, auditorium that the bomb's devastation might have been avoidable because the suggestion was made that the bomb be dropped away from cities over Tokyo Bay as a demonstration of the sheer power of a war-born weapon. Reuters WORLD LIBERIA Cease-fire Collapse Spurs More Fighting Fighting is spreading across Liberia since the West African country's cease-fire recently collapsed, interim head of state David Kpomakpor said Sunday. "There is fighting just about everywhere now. There is no cease-fire," Kpomakpor told a news conference in Monrovia. A cease-fire signed by Liberia's warring factions went into effect Dec. 28. AP AUSTRIA Ruling Parties Lose Support To Far Right Austria's ruling parties lost support to the far right and smaller parties in local elections Sunday in the province of Lower Austria, but remain in control of most councils, according to official results. About 77 percent of the 1.3 million people eligible to vote turned out in blustery fain to elect candidafes for 568 local councils in Lower Austria, the country's biggest province covering most of northeast Austria. The poll was the first test of party support since a general election last October when the ruling Social Democratic Party and its coalition partner, the conservative People's Party, suffered their worst results since World War II. Reuters NORTH KOREA 54,000 Tons Of U.S. Corn Is On Its Way A shipment of 54,000 tons of U.S. corn is on its way to North Korea, news reports from Seoul, South Korea said Sunday. It would be the first direct export of U.S. grain to the communist country. The corn left Seattle on Wednesday, the newspaper Dong-A Ilbo reported, quoting industry sources. Corn is the chief grain of mountainous North Korea. South Korea says recent bad harvests there have worsened shortages. North Korea agreed last October to freeze its nuclear program, suspected of being used for bomb development. In return, the United States promised to improve diplomatic ties and economic aid. Dong-A said North Korea also planned to import U.S. rice. AP , BELGIUM Thousands Demonstrate Against Racism Thousands of Belgian and immigrant demonstrators marched in Brussels Sunday to protest against racism. The demonstration followed a million-signature petition to Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene last week calling for the automatic granting of Belgian nationality to immigrants who have lived legally in the country for more than five years. About 5,000 demonstrators, according to police estimates, attended the peaceful protest. The march was organized by the Belgian anti-racist group Objective 479,917, named after the number of votes the Belgian right-wing extremist Vlaams Blok party won in the 1991 general elections. Reuters LAS VEGAS" PHOENIX (From St. Louis each way based on round-trip purchase.) wfinnniii) rrnnrin n qb mmic km u wwm iiiiLMii rare ra mm 0) ill heee's a mmm of m roed fees (From St. Louis each way based on round-trip purchase.) Burbank $158 Long Beack $139 Los Angeles $139 Mazatlan, Mexico $215 Oakland $134 Ontario, CA $139' Orange County $158 Portland, OR $134 Sacramento $144 San Diego $127 San Francisco $154 San Jose $176 Seattle $134 Tucson $144 These reduced fares apply to our night flights only. As you can see, America West is going tke distance to help you save money. But if you've ever flown with us, you know you have a lot more to look forward to tkan just low fares. 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