The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 18, 2001 · Page 8
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AB WEDNESDAY. APRIL 18. 2001 NATlilN THE 8ALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY • MCVEIGH EXECUTION Jury finds man guilty of sex torture • ESTANCIA, N.M. — After more than five hours of deliberation, jurors convicted a 61- year-old man of kidnapping and sexually torturing a Colorado woman in 1996. David Parker Ray stood stoically as the jury read its verdict Monday The victim, along with family members and supporters, sobbed quietly Parker's first trial ended in a hvmgjiu-y last July Ray a former mechanic at Elephant Butte State Park, was arrested in 1999 after a woman wearing only a padlocked dog collar ran to the home of one of his neighbors, saying she had escaped from his mobile home. ' Police searched Ray's trailer and found torture devices and video cameras. Former medical examiner sentenced PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A former medical examiner who killed his wife by injecting her with a chemical nearly a decade ago and allegedly had her embalmed to cover up the murder was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. Dr. William Sybers, 68, could have received the death penalty He will not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years. Prosecutors said he killed Kay Sybers, 52, so he could marry his mistress without losing at least half of $6 million in joint assets in a divorce. Sybers tried to cover up the i991 killing by having his wife embalmed before an autopsy Could be performed, prosecutors said. He married his mistress three years after the death. ; A call from a suspicious for- tner colleague, Dr. Terrence Steiner, set off an investigation that continued for years. Fatlierof switclied girl to marry aunt STAFFORD, Va. — The father of one of the two girls switched at birth in 1995 plans to marry the aunt of the other child in the mix-up. The wedding plans were revealed Monday during court testimony The marriage is another twist in the case of the two girls sent home from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with the wrong parents. The mix-up was discovered in July 1998, when DNA tests were performed in a child-support dispute between Paula Johnson and Carlton Conley her ex- boyfriend. Johnson is raising Callie Conley the biological child of Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers, who died in a car crash July 4,1998, before learning of the switch. Parents Larry and Rosa Chittum have custody of Rebecca Chittum, who is the biological child of Conley and Johnson. While in court, the Chittums' attorney told the judge about the end-of-the-month wedding plans between Conley and Kevin Chittum's sister, Pam. The Chittums took Johnson to court Monday claiming she twice violated a visitation agreement by not letting them visit CaUie in December and January From Wire Service Reports TUXES laro no S. Saii(a Fr • SJ:J-S1S1 Killer decisions McVeigh to decide fate of body, belongings New Museum Logo Mugs & T-Shirts 211 W«t Iron Open TUeiday-Friday 12-5, SatuiJay 10-5 8c Sunday 1-5, By REXW.HUPPKE The Associated Press TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — In the next few weeks, Timothy McVeigh will sit in his 8-by-lO- foot cell at the U.S. Penitentiary and make a series of decisions about his death. What does he want for his last meal? Where does MCVEIGH he want his belongings sent? Who will receive his body? McVeigh, 32, has lived with the specter of death since he was sentenced in 1997 for the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people. Now, with a little more than a month to live, the former GI faces various procedural steps leading up to his execution May 16. "He's very familiar with all the protocols of the execution, and he deals with it in the way he deals with everything, in a very methodical, businesslike manner," said McVeigh attorney Nathan Chambers. In the two weeks before his execution, McVeigh is expected to submit a witness list—which can include one spiritual adviser, two lawyers and three adult family members — and settle his personal affairs. He also must submit a last meal request at least a week before the execution. The meal can come from the prison or any restaurant in the Terre Haute area but cannot cost more than $20. The bomber will also have to consider his last words. According to the recently published book "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing," McVeigh has already chosen what he will say: "I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul." It is an excerpt from William Ernest Henley's 19th-century poem "Invictus." Robert Jay Lifton, co-author of the book "Who Owns Death?," an examination of the psychology of capital punishment, said McVeigh may try to "create a kind of mythology" about himself in his final weeks. 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