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6 Red Sox Held To 3 Hits, Lose 2-0; Blue Jays Defeat Yankees, 8-3 Sports A WTV ATHRD America's Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper Mostly Sunny And Mild, High Near 78. B12 VOLUME CLXIV, NUMBER 143 COPYRIGHT 2002, THE HARTFORD COURANT CO. THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2002 6 Sports Final NEWSSTAND 50 'This is the worst nightmare that a parent can BILLY MARTIN, Levy family's lawyer. 'Ems l-l? if, -im aae Mystey Church Bombing FVerdiet: Guilty Ex-Klansman Convicted In Blast That Killed Girls z4 0 i 4, By DALE RUSSAK0FF And MELANIE PEEPLES WASHINGTON POST BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Alabama prosecutors took almost 40 years to bring former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry to trial, but a mostly white jury deliberated less than a day before convicting him Wednesday of killing four young black girls in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a crime that became a watershed in the civil rights movement Before a courtroom crowd that included white-haired movement veterans and relatives both of the victims and of Cherry, the 71-year-old retired truck driver was led away in handcuffs as the city's most historic and heinous crime became a closed case.

Cherry, convicted of first-degree murder, faces an automatic life sentence. Prosecutors say they have no other suspects. "The people of the state of Alabama proved for the second time in about a year that justice delayed does not have to be justice denied," said prosecutor Doug Jones, who also won a conviction last year against former Klansman Thomas Blanton after the case had been dormant for almost 25 years. After waiting 39 years for justice, relatives of the victims were more subdued, although noticeably relieved. "My mother used to always tell me you've got to learn to love and to forget, and the hardest part is going to be to forget," saidEunice Davis, sister of Cynthia Wesley, who was 14 when she died in the bombing.

The verdict, by a jury of six white women, three white men and three black i PLEASE SEE JURY, PAGE A9 REUTERS A WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER stands behind police lines in Rock Creek Park in Washington after a skull and other human bones were found in the MrkWednesday-TheyhavebeenldenUftedthroughdental BELOW, Levy family friends Kim Petersen, right, and Elaine Eisenberg console each other outside the home of Levy's parents, Robert and Susan Levy, in Modesto, Calif. Levy'sRemains Found; Focus Turns To How Ex-Intern Died Combined Wire Services "v4 Theremainswerefound under leaves, suggesting that they had been there since before last fall, but there was no evidence of an attempted burial, Ramsey said. Last summer, police searched the area where the body was found as part of a search of the park. Washington Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Arden said he identified Levy through her dental X-rays.

"The skeletal remains are positively identified as Chandra Levy," he said. "Well continue to examine the bones and if any further results are available, we can deal with assessing the cause and manner of death." Metro detectives and the FBI will now focus on detennining how and where Levy died, Ramsey said. Forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee said skeletal remains present investigators with a challenge second only to cases in which a missing person's PLEASE SEE LEVY'S, PAGE A9 I fc. w.

WASHINGTON The remains of Chandra Levy were found by a man walking his dog in Rock Creek Park Wednesday, ending a yearlong search for the former federal intern whose disappearance cost a congressman his career. How she died has not yet been determined. Levy was last seen April 30, 2001. Her disappearance at age 24 drew national media attention after Rep. Gary Condit 54, married with two children, admitted to police that he had an intimate relationship with Levy.

Condit did not disclose the true nature of their relationship for two months after Levy vanished. Before that, he had described himself andLevy as having been "good friends." Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsey said that "quite a bit" of Levy's remains were found, mostly in a decomposed state suggesting they were exposed to the weather "for Family Comes To Skakel's Defense v. associated press sometime." Testimony From Relatives Seeks To Bolster Alibi By LYNNE TUOHY COURANT STAFF WRITER Murder Victim's Image Is Trapped In Time With A New Suspect On Trial, New Haven Is Again Haunted By The Penney Serra Case By JANICE D'ARCY COURANT STAFF WRITER 1970s, it crystallized the fears of many in the middle class. Her name, her face, her death became a metaphor for the larger problems consuming New Haven. "It was like a knife through the heart of the city," said Nicholas Pastore, the former city police chief who initially headed the murder investigation.

PLEASE SEE SERRA'S, PAGE A13 New Haven, like other cities across the country, was changing fast It was just absorbing the social tumult of the sixties, crime was becoming more prevalent and more violent Racial tensions were tearing at the neighborhoods. Economics were driving businesses out of previously thriving downtowns and into suburban shopping malls. Although the slaying was not the cause of New Haven's troubles in the the courthouse are filled with lawyers debating her fete. As the latest and possibly final, stage of the 1973 Concetta "Penney" Serra murder case nears conclusion in I-- Superior Court this week, longtime New Haveners acknowledge that the slaying is more than a sad memory here. It is a recurring nightmare.

Serra's violent death in a downtown parking garage came at a time when NEW HAVEN There she is again, above the fold in all the newspaper hon-or boxes. The excruciating details of her last minutes are recounted in every discarded paper through the city. The morning diner chatter is alive with her 1 name again. The lunch crowds around NORWALK Michael Skakel's defense against the charge he murdered Martha Moxley began Wednesday with family members supporting his alibi and his attorney propping up the family's former tutor as the more likely killer. Skakel's oldest brother, Rushton Skakel and their cousin, James Dowdle, testified that Michael left the Skakel home with the night Moxley was last seen alive, and drove about 20 minutes away to Dowdle's home to watch "Monty Python's Flying Circus." Rushton, who was 19 at the time, said they returned home about.

11:15 p.m. i Two factors are crucial to the success of the alibi defense: that jurors believe the testimony of Skakel's family members, and that they accept defense attorney Mickey Sherman's contention that the barking of one dog in particular pegged the time of Moxley's slaying between 9:45 and 10:15 p.m. The autopsy report pinned the time of death no more precisely than between 9:30 p.m. Oct 30, J975, and 5:30 a.m. Oct 31.

Skakel, Michael's youngest brother, testified he was in his room about 10 p.m. when he heard the next PLEASE SEE SKAKEL, PAGE A18 Both Sides Growling Over Dog Bill By CARRIE BUOOFF COURANT STAFF WRITER White House Subpoena A Senate panel headed by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman votes along party lines to subpoena the White House for Enron-related material. Page A4 "He recognizes the bill is well in-tentioned," Cooper said.

"But he doesn't think it will do anything beyond what current law already provides for and it is excessive intrusion into people's lives." Julie Lewin, an animal rights' lobbyist and founder of Animal Advocacy Connecticut said Rowland's decision is tragic and shocking. She PLEASE SEE ROWLAND, PAGE A16 Credit Card Fees mon sense, said his spokesman Chris Cooper. Two weeks ago, Rowland said he would sign the bid, which limits the amount of time owners can chain or otherwise confine their dogs, and requires that certain breeds be provided with adequate shelter if left outside in cold weather. But the more Rowland learned about the bill, Cooper said, the more problems he had with it 4 tz. Animal advocates say it will come back to bite him in this election year, but Gov.

John G. Rowland said Wednesday he will veto a bill intended to reduce cruelty to dogs. Rowland believes the bill lacks merit specifically because it would duplicate cruelty laws already on the books and attempt to legislate com More people are getting socked with late fees on their credit cards. Business, Page El tiinrfa 20523 Breaking news. All the time.

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