The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1995 · Page 2
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A2 Wednesday, May 17,1995 The Salina Journal • • r Execution stay nearly doesn't come with prison phones out By Th* Associated Pr»§» JACKSON, Ga. — Minutes before Darrell Gene Devier was to go to the electric chair, a storm knocked out the phones that were supposed to bring word of any reprieve. Georgia's attorney general jumped in his car with his cellular phone, drove until he found a signal and learned that Devier had gotten a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. He then raced back to the prison to deliver the word minutes before the appointed hour. The electric chair has its own power source and backup generator and wasn't affected by the power failure at the state prison Monday night. Goldman blood is on glove Splattered blood seen on O.J.'s socks By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ronald Goldman's blood matches blood taken from the lining of a glove found at O.J. Simpson's estate, a DNA expert testified Tuesday, offering the first test results on the crucial piece of evidence. Forensic chemist Gary Sims said Goldman's blood was among several stains lifted from inside and outside the glove. The left- handed mate to the glove was found near the slashed bodies of Goldman and Simpson's ex- wife Nicole. Sims told jurors DNA tests 5ims also showed that blood on the interior index finger of the glove from the Simpson property "could be" a mixture of Goldman's and Nicole Simpson's. Goldman's blood matched blood found on the interior ring finger of the glove behind Simpson's guest house, Sims told jurors. He said the genetic pattern of the glove blood was the same as that of Goldman's blood sample. Sims, a DNA expert at the California Department of Justice, did not say what percentage of the population shared the genetic pattern. However, with the type of sophisticated testing used, odds are high against anyone else having the same genetic makeup. Sims, building on another DNA expert's testimony, told jurors his tests also revealed that blood on a sock in Simpson's bedroom matched Nicole Simpson's. He also revealed that when he examined both black socks under a microscope, he found about 10 blood splatters on one and about 19 on the other, bolstering the prosecution's claim that Simpson wore them while committing the murders June 12. "The thing that's interesting about these socks is that the more time you spend with them ... under the stereo microscope, you really do see a lot of stains there," he said. He suggested blood specks were on areas of the socks where the blood could have splashed up from the ground. His testimony was designed to cast doubt on a defense claim that blood was planted by police. Sims, whose lab looked at the socks after the Los Angeles Police Department analyzed them, also said he saw no evidence of blood passing through one side of the sock to the other, as it might if blood were placed on it while the sock was lying flat. The socks are the only items of bloody clothing found inside Simpson's home, and his lawyers claim they were planted. Sims said the socks arrived at his lab on Sept. 26 and were subjected to repeated review and tests, but the small stains did not become apparent until Oct. 25. Jurors saw photographs of the socks blown up on a courtroom screen. lh " Salina Journal P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402 Salina (913) 823-6363 • Kansas 800-827-6363 Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, Salina. Kansas, by Salina Journal Inc. (USPS 478-060) HARRIS RAYL, Publisher ADVERTISING: Jeanny Sharp, director BUSINESS: David Martin, manager CIRCULATION: Bryan Sandmeier, manager NEWS: Scott Seirer, executive editor PRODUCTION: David Atkinson, manager Subscription rates By earner (three months, lax included): in Salina $38: outside Salina $39, by motor route $42. By mail (three months, in Kansas): daily $40, Monday through Saturday $36, Sunday $18 50 By mail (three months, oulside of Kansas): daily $43.50, Monday through Saturday $35, Sunday $22.75. Subscriber services Call the Circulation Department between the hours of 5:30 a.m. anci 5:30 p.m. daily, 5:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays, or 5:30 a.m to 10 a.m. on major holidays. No paper? Call before 10 a.m in Salina only for delivery thai day But officials were quick to dismiss the possibility that Devier could have gone to his death before anyone got word to the prison. "Not on your life. I think that's a mistake that nobody wants hanging over their head," state corrections spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas said Tuesday. If Attorney General Michael Bowers hadn't had his cellular phone, or if he couldn't get it working, prison officials would have delayed the execution, she said. "They would never go ahead with an execution without making every effort to find out what the court has done," Gavalas said. The state corrections chief gives the final OK to proceed with an execution only after asking the attorney general if any court has ordered a delay or a stay. The attorney general remains in constant telephone contact with his Atlanta office and also has staff members stationed at the various appeals courts to get quick word of any rulings. Bowers was on the prison telephone talking to his office at the time the prison's backup generator failed and cut off the phones — about 20 minutes before the 7 p.m. execution. That's when he jumped in the car. Cellular phones typically do not work at the prison because it is lo- cated between signals. Bowers drove about half a mile up the highway to pick up a signal and connect with his office. Meanwhile, Devier sat calmly in a cell next to the death chamber, his head and one leg shaved so that the electrodes could be at- tached, Gavalas said. The 39-year- old man "did not seem particularly surprised or elated" when told of the stay, she said. His attorney had left the prison three hours before the scheduled execution, she said. Devier was convicted in the 1979 kidnapping, rape and beating- death of 12-year-old Mary Frances Stoner after she got off the school' bus near her Adairsville home. The Supreme Court issued the stay to consider his claims that he' was abused as a child and had a history of drug use. ..- i The Coupon Clipping Quiz! i i i I Saving money with coupons may be easier I I than you think! 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