The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 13, 1993 · Page 3
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WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 13,1993 THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS 3-A l!I* 1 "* Nice officere escape life terms in beating death of black motorist DETROIT—Two former policemen con- ^W^S^ey £%rnS^for Green Wa^u^p^yed^ha ^used drt^ h° "J 3 ^ 1 " 8 to ? m other than to arrest two separate, predominantly black juries victed of beating a motorist to death mitci^Q to die and said ha hist. wit. nnt nfVior,^ ^,M »,L 1^11 n»-i.-._ ^^ ving usea orugs him for a felony. The officers'supervisor at the seens i behind bars, the other eight to 18 years ^ife^" 3 '^ 8tiffer T; rwi^s^^theoffice^um™, SS^^" 3 s^ s s;&± e STS .-4-^«,« m heavy metal flashlights outside a suspect- appealed to Judge George W. Crockett III More turmoil in riot trial; 2nd juror is dismissed Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Deliberations in the Reginald Denny beating trial plunged into disarray again Tuesday as the judge dismissed another juror, threw out two verdicts and ordered the panel to start deliberations over again. Superior Court Judge John Ouderkirk removed a middle-aged white male juror from the racially charged case because of personal problems unrelated to the trial. The juror was replaced by a middle-aged black man who was selected by lottery, giving the reconstituted jury four blacks, two whites, two Asian-Americans and four Hispanics. There are 10 women and two men. It was the fifth time a juror was removed and it left just one alternate. The judge didn't detail the juror's problems, but said he learned of them in secret meetings between him and the juror. "These appear to be significant personal problems," Ouderkirk said. The excused juror was ordered to not talk about the case or say anything that could identify himself or other jurors until final verdicts are in. Before the juror ! was removed, the sequestered panel had reached verdicts on two counts against Henry Watson, 29, who is on trial with Damian Williams, 20. They were accused of pulling Denny from his truck and attacking him and others on April 29, 1992, during rioting that followed acquittal of four policemen in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney Ring. The defendants face life prison terms if convicted of the most serious charge: attempted premeditated murder on Denny. After deliberating about half a day, the jury had decided whether Watson should be convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in an attack on a second motorist and of robbery on a third, the judge said. At the request of Watson's attorney, Earl Broady, the judge threw out those verdicts and told the newly formed panel to deliberate from scratch. Attorney Edi Faal, who represents Williams, said he was going to seek the removal of yet another juror, a white woman, for unrelated reasons. Faal said he received information that the woman, identified only as juror No. 104, had been "helping the prosecution." "This has nothing to do with race," Faal said. Faal didn't say what information he had received. -—j Green/' Nevers told «T, . ,. - - , "—"- the judge, his voice shaking and his body It is time for the world to see through slumped. '1 never intended to hurt him, to r " Said Budzyn ' 47 ' who **ved 19 years on the force and had been named precinct officer of the year in 1990 The officers were convicted Aug 23 by two separate, predominantly black juries. The officers' supervisor at the scene is black and faces a trial on a misdemeanor charge of neglect of duty. No testimony indicated race was a factor in the beating. But the case drew parallels to the Rodney King case in Los Angeles and focused attention on racial tensions in the Detroit area. Budzyn and Nevers had faced a maximum of life in prison. Under Crockett's sentence, Nevers could be eligible for parole after nine years, eight months and 14 days. Budzyn could be eligible for parole after six years, five months and 22 days. Faal DIRT DEVIL ROYAL See Us For AH Your Vacuum Needs SPECIAL 8801 399* Reg. $599.95 W/FREE CAN VAC A-l VACUUM 3OO4 PALMER HWV. 918-0601 9. JUST SAY \S. We have all the best looks for women and men from Liz Claiborne Dresses lor work and the weekend. Sportswear that spans the spectrum Irom classic career looks to relaxed contemporary styles and freespirited casuals. Sodywear to keep you looking good while keeping fit All the riqht finishing touches to complement your fashions. Handbags. Jewelry. Belts. Hats, hosiery and socks Plus shoes for the office and after hours. And fragrance. Including the newest Liz scent, Vivid. For men, you'll find dress shirts w ; th a modern attitude. And silk ties that give tradition a twist. Plus sportswear that dresses up and down with ease There's a great, big, wonderful world of Liz Claiborne waiting for you at Dillard's — Just say Liz! Selection varies by store. Dillard's

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