Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 22, 2003 · 73
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'X OUR SPIRIT Center in city with few Jews is known k for Jewish-Christian dialogue, pace 3b 1 s r Tl BRIAN DICKERSON'S COLUMN WILL RETURN I III CI NEB WEDNESDAY Oct. 22, 2003 Driving Today 2 Roadwork 2 Local Today 3 Obituaries 5 ON THE WEB fhone 313-222-6600 Section B 7 "I knew there was going to be trouble." Barbara boudro, the prosecution witness who testified she witnessed the killings, on the atmosphere in the bar that night it u r-r i 11 '. ' f - ; Q ' v 4 .c u 1 V. Top cop may have had gum illegally Photos By RICHARD LEEVDetroit Free Press day of their trial on murder Defendants Donald Duvall, left, and Raymond Duvall await the start of the afternoon session on the second charges. The trial continues today in Standish with the cross-examination of a prosecution witness. Witnesi feared for her life 1 She says threats' made her keep killings secret ' By HUGH McDIARMID JR. FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER ': - STANDISH - The prosecution's star witness in the murder trial of two brothers fell to pieces in tears and tremors and bolted for the courtroom's exit door Tuesday. That was before she even made it to the witness stand. Barbara Boudro, the only person described as seeing the 1985 killings, eventually gained her composure and testified that she watched in horror as Raymond and Donald Duvall pummeled two hunters from metro Detroit, Brian Ognjan and David Tyll, to death in a rural field near her northern Michigan home. "The taller one (Tyll) was trying to get on his knees and saying 'Please God, help us.' " Boudro said. Donald Duvall swung a bat at Tyll's head, and the sound "was like if you just drop a pumpkin, and there was just blood." The Duvalls and three unidentified men "just laughed, and said 'Did you see that?' " Boudro said. The men then ridiculed Ognjan, who had wet his pants in fear, f f ' " - j" ' liWSvwiSfi S , 1 w-f n. " VA', - i . v "y . "j : f V r abysms 1 :K: ' r,5V:::!' , I: --i.'.'S- " , ' .-. I . ',: - i' The prosecution's star witness, Barbara Boudro, testifies at the trial. She described the beating deaths of two hunters in 1985. before kicking and punching him , todeath. .v Boudro, a self-described "hard partyer" who visited 1bars "almost nightly during the 1980s, kept the : story secret for years, she said, because she had been threatened by the Duvalls and their friends. ., In 1999, acting on a tip, State Police Det. Sgtj Robert (Bronco). Lesneski arrived at her home, "He wanted to come in, and I said no. I was nervous and crying. I said he was going to get me killed." .-" She said she was aware of reward money, which has accumulated to $100,000, but said: "L wouldn't live to spend it." Over the course of several police interviews and in a special investigative hearing where she was placed under oath, Boudro said she finally told her story. She said she had been at the , Linker's Lounge bar near her ; Mio home when Tyll of Troy and Ognjan of St. Clair Shores came in and began harassing her and other patrons. -..The Duvalls showed up and "zeroed in" on the hunters. Lat-: er, Duvall friends arrived. "I knew there was going to be trou- Please see TRIAL, Page 4B TIME LINE CT CASE Nov. 22, 1985: Brian Ognjan, a mechanic from St. Clair Shores, and childhood buddy David Tyll, a machinist from Troy, both 27, depart for a weekend hunting trip in north- ' em Michigan. They don't . return. . iy ' 1 987: A warrant states that in a ' 1987 Duvall family gathering in Wixom, two witnesses overhear two Duvall brothers Raymond (J.R.), 52, of the South Branch area and his brother Donald (Coco), 51 , of Monroe - admit they had dismembered the bodies of Ognjan and Tyll and fed them to pigs. 1995: The lengths to which the brothers allegedly went to intimidate witnesses comes out during testimony in a separate murder case. May15,2003: The Duvall brothers are arraigned on two first-degree murder charges and held without bond in the Montmorency County Jail. Oct 20, 2003: Trial of the Duvall brothers begins in Standish, where it was moved because of the extensive publicity in Mio. From Free Press reports Oliver, not yet a sworn officer, needed permit By BEN SCHMITT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER . si. Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver is not yet a licensed, sworn police officer in Michigan, which raises questions about whether he legally could possess the handgun found in his luggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airport during the weekend. Wayne County officials con firmed that Oliver does not have a concealed weapons permit to carry the .22-caliber handgun found in his baggage Saturday after he-( 'checked it at the airport to board flight to Philadelphia. Oliver said he didn't think he had to register the personal weapon in Michigan. He has been a sworn officer in other departments, including Phoenix, and said he has had the gun "for years." "I have several weapons, and they're registered at the place I purchased them," he said from Philadelphia." "They're Hot registered with the State of Michigan. "My understanding was that as a police officer, you didn't have to . register your weapons." t The loaded weapon was found by airport police in Oliver's bag after he checked in and cleared security for a Northwest Airlines flight. Oliver is in Philadelphia to attend a conference for police chiefs. Z A handgun was found in Detroit Chief Jerry Oliver's luggage. Please see OLIVER, Page 4B Casino workers ready to strike MGM Grand made target for contract By TINA LAM FREE PRESS ST FF WRITER Workers at Detroit's three casinos have been told to prepare for a strike against MGM Grand Detroit as early as Thursday, sources said Tuesday. Several employees said union stewards told them Monday night and Tuesday that talks on a new contract had broken off and if that didn't change, a strike could be called as early as Thursday afternoon. MGM Grand Detroit officials said Tuesday afternoon they had been given no notice of an impending walkout. Contracts covering 5,900 workers at all three casinos expired at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, but the contracts are being extended day to day by both sides. As a result, there would be at least 24 hours' notice before a strike. A spokesperson for the Detroit Casino Council would say only that negotiations were continuing. The council represents five unions at the casinos, including the two biggest, the UAW and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 24. Yvette Monet, a spokeswoman for MGM Grand Detroit's owner in Las Vegas, said the last round of talks ended early Monday, but negotiations are not over. "We're ready and able to meet whenever more meetings are scheduled," she said. "Nothing Please see CASINOS, Page 4B Judge dismisses the charges in case against UAW officials By DAVID ASHENFELTER and jeff Mccracken FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS A federal judge in Detroit dismissed criminal charges Tuesday against two UAW officials who were accused of prolonging an 87-day strike at a truck plant in Pon-tiac to force General Motors Corp. to hire their unqualified friends and relatives. "This indictment attempts to criminalize behavior that is the subject of extensive civil legislation and which has not previously been construed as criminal," U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said in a 16-page opinion. "Therefore, the court finds that the indictment fails to sufficiently allege criminal behavior." A lawyer for one of the defendants said he was pleased. "It's a good decision," said Harold Gurewitz of Detroit, who represents retired UAW Local 594 official Jay Campbell. Gurewitz said federal prosecutors can't accuse people of crimes that aren't spelled out as such by federal law. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Wouczyna said his office disagrees with Edmunds' decision and is considering appealing the ruling. A plant worker who tipped off the federal government said he was outraged. "You've got to be kidding," said Dale Garrish, a Pontiac plant employee who was the first to contact the federal government. "This decision is just unbelievable." The defendants UAW Local 594 officials Campbell, Donny Douglas and William Coffey were indicted in September 2002 on charges of conspiracy, extortion and mail fraud. Coffey died this summer. Douglas was sus- Please see UAW, Page 4B NAIL IS PULLED OUT Warren real estate exec snags part of 1-94 big tire off eBay for $3,000 most famous real estate client, It no longer can be yours, but look for it at a parade, museum or sporting event near you. The 11-foot, 250-pound nail from the Uniroyal tire that looms over 1-94 was snapped up on eBay Tuesday with a $3,000 bid. Congratulations go out to Warren real estate executive Ralph Roberts. "I believe the nail and the tire are to the Motor City what the Stanley Cup is to hockey," Roberts said. Like the cup, the nail eventually will go on its own victory tour. Roberts already has secured an appearance in War en's Nov. 29 holiday pa rade and is hoping tor others at the 2006 Super Bowl, local museums or even the next music SJmSrK M IS w jT f r i .A "fe M m m video of his Eminem. "If a Marine gets Saddam Hussein, we can gwe it to them for nailing that guy," Roberts said. He is soliciting other suggestions at ' - The seller, the City of Allen Park, will put the $3,000 toward turning a brick tarmhouse into a historical museum. City Councilman Gary Burtka said he loves Roberts' ideas for the nail. "When we acquired it, we had no clue" of its val ue, Burtka said. "Tous, it was a used nail." ByAlexa Capeloto

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