The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 1997 · Page 10
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AID TUESDAY. APRIL 29, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL V OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL Trooper drew his pistol on McVeigh When McVeigh was stopped, he was armed with a pistol and knife By KAREN ABBOTT Scripps Howard News Service DENVER — An Oklahoma state trooper testified Monday he put his gun to Timothy McVeigh's head when McVeigh told him during a rou- __. .-—». <« •• « Loma Q tine traffic stop that he was armed. In the second day of testimony in McVeigh's trial, State Trooper Charles Hanger described the historic arrest of the Oklahoma City bombing defendant. It happened about 80 minutes af- T SIMPSON TRIAL ter a bomb leveled the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19,1995, killing 168 people. During the arrest, McVeigh explained he was returning to Kansas from Arkansas, where he had taken a carload of his belongings to his new home, Hanger said. Hanger's matter-of-fact demeanor contrasted sharply with the emotionally shattering testimony Friday of bombing survivors and rescuers. The trooper said he stopped McVeigh's yellow 1977 Mercury Marquis on Interstate 35 near Perry, about 77 miles north of Oklahoma City, because it had no rear license tag. When Hanger asked for his driver's license, McVeigh reached into his right rear pocket for his camouflage billfold, and the trooper saw a bulge under McVeigh's blue windbreaker, he testified. "I told him to take both hands and to slowly pull back his jacket," Hangar said. "He unzipped it and began pulling it back. He said, 'I have a gun.' "I reached for the bulge in the jacket. I grabbed it with my left hand and instructed him, 'Get your hands up and turn around.' "I pulled my weapon and stuck it to the back of his head." Several jurors yawned as defense lawyer Cheryl Ramsey made Hanger describe the arrest again while she asked him questions designed to show how cooperative McVeigh was during his arrest. Hanger said after both cars stopped on the shoulder, McVeigh got out of the Mercury and walked back to the patrol car to meet him. "I told him the reason I had stopped him was because he wasn't displaying a tag," Hanger testified. "He said he hadn't had the vehicle very long and didn't have a tag." McVeigh told Hanger the paper- work still was being done by the person who sold him the car — a man named "Tom" at a Firestone store in Junction City, Kan. Store manager Tom Manning is expected to testify later about the sale. While Hanger frisked him, McVeigh volunteered that he had an ammunition clip and a knife in a scabbard on his belt, Hanger said. How You Can Enjoy the Taste of our Incredibly Delicious Marinated Grilled A * Steak in Your Favorite Soft Taco! Iron & Ohio & 1700 W. Crawford I Judge rules Simpson verdict will stand By The Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. — O.J. Simpson's bid to overturn the $33.5 million verdict against him in the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend was rejected Monday by a judge who said the damages were too low, if anything. In asking the civil" verdict be overturned, Simpson's lawyers claimed Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki erred in admitting or excluding certain evidence. The defense also complained of jury misconduct, surprise evidence, and insufficient evidence to support the verdict. Fujisaki refused to reverse the jury's ruling, saying: "The reprehensibility of this defendant is without a doubt most grievous and beyond comparison" to cases cited in the defense argument. He also refused to reduce the damages, saying Simpson had a net worth of more than $15 million last year and could make $2.5 million a year. That doesn't include Simpson's three pension funds, which Fujisaki said would prevent him from being "left destitute" if they are exempted from use to pay the damages. "The amount of the awards in this case may be considered insufficient rather than excessive," he said. "It would be unconscionable to let the defendant profit from his wrongdoing." Simpson was found liable in February for the June 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. SIMPSON ADAMHEALY 2075 S. Ohio, Suite 7B 823-7713 For auto, home and life- Being in good hands is the only pkce to her Curnpun ud Allmtl U(t lAHUtwt Contptnr. Nnih Have You Heard? Tly Salina" "Competitive fares, great connections and no long drive home!" JohnRybarg,8alna,K8 US AIRWAYS Call your local agent or USAirways/USAirways Express at 825-7256 for details, or visit our website at http://vuvuvu.salair.org DO YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD Discipline less and enjoy family time more? E. ' dward Christophersen, Ph. D., might have some valuable tips for you. If you are the parent of young children (toddlers through first grade) plan to attend his talk "Teaching Strategies that Reduce the Need for Discipline." He advocates "time-in," and teaching children self- calming skills. Christophersen, of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, is a child psychologist and noted authority on many aspects of child rearing. He is.the author of "Little People: Guidelines for Common Sense Child Rearing," and many other books and articles on child psychology. SalinaRegional Health Center Tuesday, April 29 7 p.m. Central High School Auditorium Christophersen plans to speak for about an hour, and then he will take questions from parents. FREE! Childcare provided by Child Abuse Prevention Services attheYWCA for those parents who make reservations by Friday, April 25 (Call 825-4493) APS ' f" * * * I., , *' romance -'-''"' '-' '

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