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'"J u Page Two Section B QJ)g Arizona Batlrj Star Tucson, Wednesday, November 19, 1997 BRIEFS where he had moved to live Teen charged with murder in August slaying TUCSON - A Pima County grand jury indicted a 19-year-old man yesterday in connection with the Aug. 8 shooting death of another man in the desert. Jason Jonathan Lewis was charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the shooting of Kevin L. Cooper, 22. He is being held in the Pima County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. A patrol officer found Cooper next to a car shortly before midnight on Aug. 8 in a desert area in the 700 block of East 39th Street. Three men in their early to mid-20s were seen running west from the scene. In late September, police located Lewis in New Orleans, where he was being held on unrelated charges, police said. Lewis is the second man to be indicted in Cooper's shooting. Cur-tiss C. Williams, 22, of the 3400 block of North Stone Avenue, was indicted Sept. 11 on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Those charges were later dropped. 15-year-old convicted in shooting death PHOENIX (AP) - The youngest murder defendant ever ordered to stand trial as an adult in Maricopa County was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday in the 1995 shooting death of a school friend. Jeremy Bach, 15, faces up to 22 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 18. Bach was charged in the November 1995 death of 13-year-old Brad Hansen, who investigators said was shot in the chest at the south Phoenix home of Bach's stepfather. Bach watched for 90 minutes as Hansen bled to death on the kitchen floor, then dumped the body in a plastic trash container that was later hauled to the Butterfield Station Landfill near Mobile. A two- month excavation of the landfill failed to turn up a body. Bach was later arrested in Las Vegas, with his mother, Brittany Brown. Kaites' fund raising questioned frPHOENIX (AP) - An independent counsel was appointed yesterday to look into allegations that state Sen. John Kaites is breaking the law by remaining in office while raising money for an expected run for attorney general. Attorney General Grant Woods and Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley chose Phoenix attorney William French to determine whether Kaites, a Republican from Glendale, is violating the so-called resign-to-run law. Woods and Romley, both Republicans, selected French, the prosecutor in former Gov. Evan Mecham's 1988 impeachment trial, to avoid a conflict of interest, their spokesmen said. But Kaites, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, blasted the probe as a "charade" motivated by campaign politics. Woods, who is not seeking re-election in 1998, has endorsed his top aide, Tom McGovern, for the post. "It is unfortunate and disgusting, but true, that in Arizona today politics by innuendo, investigation and prosecution has become the norm under this attorney general and Maricopa County attorney," Kaites said. Kaites has raised more than $200,000 through fund-raisers for his exploratory campaign committee and said yesterday he has four more such events planned this year. Arizona law says elected officials must resign to campaign for another office unless they announce their candidacy during the year their current term expires. Officeholders may form exploratory committees to raise money in advance of a formal campaign, however. The law, passed by voters in 1992, calls for violators to be stripped of office. Gunman convicted in murder-for-hire killing -sVPHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County Superior Court jury yesterday found James Harrod guilty of first-degree murder in the murder-for-hire death of socialite Jeanne Tovrea. . Tovrea, widow of Arizona cattle baron Ed Tovrea Sr., was found dead in her bed April 1, 1988, shot five times in the head by a .22-caliber revolver. Prosecutors say the motive was Jeanne Tovrea's multimillion-dollar estate, left to her when her husband died in 1983. Prosecutors said Ed Tovrea's three children paid Harrod $100,000 to kill Jeanne Tovrea, so they could get their hands on the family fortune. The children, two daughters and a son, have not been charged. The will stipulated that they would receive the bulk of his $4 million estate only after the death of Jeanne Tovrea, his third wife. . Witness's memory 'jarred' by attorney By Jon Burstein The Arizona Daily Star Scott Nordstrom's attorneys spent yesterday attempting to establish that the multiple murder suspect's younger brother may have been involved in the Tucson Firefighters Association Union Hall slayings. Christopher Lee testified that he saw David Nordstrom with Robert Jones - who is charged along with Scott Nordstrom for the four killings - the same night he heard gunshots from the area of the union hall, 2264 E. Benson Highway. But Lee, 28, admitted in a heated exchange with prosecutor David White that he has a bad memory and "more than likely" was drunk the night he said shots rang out. "You got my memory so jarred I don't remember any thing," Lee told White. Lee, who is serving prison time for a theft conviction, argued with White, accusing Pima County's chief criminal deputy attorney of tricking him into contradicting himself. Scott Nordstrom, 30, faces six counts of first-degree murder in the May 30, 1996, Moon Smoke Shop robbery that left two dead and the June 13, 1996, union hall robbery. Jones faces the same murder charges when he goes to trial in March. The death penalty could await Scott Nordstrom if he is convicted of murder. David Nordstrom, 28, agreed to testify against his brother and pleaded guilty to an armed robbery charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping two first-degree murder counts against him. He admitted being the getaway driver in the smoke shop robbery. Scott Nordstrom's attorneys maintain David Nordstrom committed the robberies with Jones and framed his older brother to avoid prosecution. Lee said Jones dropped him off one night at the Rainbow Tavern, 3425 E. Benson Highway, and then drove off in the same direction as a truck that had been following them. Lee testified he thought the truck belonged to Scott Nordstrom and both Nordstrom brothers appeared to be in the vehicle. Lee testified he heard shots a short time later and then Jones and David Nordstrom picked him up at the Rainbow Tavern. Under White's questioning, Lee admitted he wrote a letter to a girlfriend that said he had spent part of that night with both Nordstrom brothers and Jones. Lee's testimony also was in consistent with a previous statement to police that he couldn't remember which Nordstrom brother was in the truck when Jones arrived at the bar. Other highlights of yesterday's proceedings include: Attorneys from both sides announced they hope all testimony will be completed by tomorrow, with the jury beginning deliberations sometime next week. Cruikshank dismissed a juror, the second one within the trial's last two days. The juror requested to be released from the case because his wife is sick. A juror was dismissed Friday after she said she had a severe headache. Now the jury panel consists of 12 jurors and two alternates. The trial's 14th day is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. today. Viper militia member acquitted of 1 count PHOENLX (AP) - A federal jury yesterday acquitted Viper Team militia member Christopher Floyd of an explosives possession charge and said it was hopelessly deadlocked on a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Earl Carroll declared a mistrial on the conspiracy count. Prosecutors didn't immediately say whether they would seek another trial. Floyd, 22, was one of 12 Viper members arrested in July 1996. Federal investigators said at the time of the arrests that they had headed off a major terrorist act against federal buildings in Phoenix, but the Vipers were charged only with weapons and explosives violations. Ten members of the group pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. Another member, Charles Knight, was convicted by a jury and sentenced in September to six years in prison. Floyd was accused of possessing a destructive device and conspiracy to possess a destructive device. He faced 15 years in prison. A government agent who infiltrated the group testified Floyd lighted one of the explosives in the desert northwest of Phoenix during an exercise to train for combat against enemies that included the federal government and United Nations. Floyd's attorney, Antonio Zuniga, said the agent was a provocateur who may have lied about Floyd. He also said the devices the Vipers set off were not destructive because the group had no plans to hurt anyone with them. He denied the Vipers ever had plans for violence or destruction that went beyond vague, bravado-packed back-and-forth that filled the group's meetings. And he said Floyd went to meetings because a member of the group gave him a job and let him reload his guns for free. But prosecutor Joe Welty said Floyd should have stopped going to meetings if the things he heard at them bothered him. Floyd should have known what the group was like after one member displayed a small rocket and bragged it could destroy a police car, Welty said. Floyd, nicknamed "Critter" by the group, testified that he joined the Vipers at the urging of a friend, thinking to share interests in shooting and talking about guns. He said he owns a handgun, four rifles and two shotguns. Under cross-examination, Floyd repeatedly denied ever having heard any group discussions about the purchase or manufacture of unlawful explosives. He also said he didn't contribute money to purchase ingredients for homemade explosives. Amphi Continued from Page IB eluded the school "is not likely to adversely affect" the owl. But Fish and Wildlife on Nov. 4 sent the district a seven-page letter criticizing inaccuracies and inadequacies in the document. The service's Phoenix office field supervisor Sam Spiller said it disagreed with the assessment's conclusion "in its entirety." "The service believes that the loss and modification of up to 75 acres of habitat, all which are likely within the home range of an individual pygmy owl, cannot be determined to be insignificant." Spiller's letter said recent pygmy-owl studies found it to have a breeding range of three to 21 acres, and total range of up to 279 acres. The service estimates that each owl needs at least 100 acres of undisturbed habitat. It said the value of the 23.4 acres the school district planned to have in owl habitat vegetation would be diminished by increased traffic caused by the school and a planned widening of Shannon and Naranja. The rare little 7-inch-long owls once were abundant in Southern Arizona, as far north as the confluence of the Salt and Verde rivers east of Phoenix. Since surveys seeking the owl began in 1993, only nine have been subjects of confirmed sightings - seven in a 16-square-mile area northwest of Tucson that includes the school site. Defenders of Wildlife and Tucson-based Southwest Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter on Oct. 7 warning Fish and Wildlife and the district that they face a lawsuit if efforts to build a school at the site continue. Hull "I 55 G I I " pf r-4 t I I'?" " p jiri j: ...J.., 8 1 - - ' -' - - Completely Renovated, $10,000,000.00 andauwu,ti m fc fbd out n 20 equal Based an latffcv uuntf s Paid out weekly!" CASIJVq OF THE SUIM ql oT iTT I r (520)883-1700 7406 S. Comino de Oeste Mustbe 1 8 years of oge to enter Continued from Page IB Brewing Co., TRW and the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I like her, she's a good friend," ' said Charles Stevens, who represents diverse interests such as oil companies and cemetery owners. But it was collecting checks for Hull that caused Ste vens to join the finance committee. "That's the whole purpose," he said. "Otherwise, there's no purpose to being on the committee." Single-issue lobbyists aren't left out. Connie Wilhelm-Garcia of the Home Builders Association signed up "so I can be legal in soliciting from our members . . . and the association gets the credit." So did Susan Bitter Smith of the Arizona Cable Television Association. All profess suppbrt for Hull, as does Allan Stanton, who represents railroads and other industries. "Jane is an old friend of mine," he said. Stanton conceded, though, there is another reason he agreed to the request by Dion to be on her finance committee. "I'll have better access to her," he said. STARFACT: The Arizona Republic staged the first overland auto race in the state in November 1908. Four cars left Los Angeles at midnight and reached Phoenix in 41 'A hours. Source: "Today in Arizona History, " by Tlw Associated Press and the Arizona Historical Society. ."awMnnm 1 Qjtu! .Ten Post Menopausal Women Healthy women 42-80 years of age with uterus and normal liverkidney function needed for 6 month research study. Must not be using estrogen in any form for 3 months before entry into the study. Other study criteria must be met. 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