Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on October 11, 1977 · Page 8
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 8

Logansport, Indiana
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Tuesday, October 11, 1977
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>—TI»iPti«ro«-Trtbune. Log«n»port. Ind Kiritsis' Brother To Take Stand Tuesday. October 11,1(77 ByB.J.GILLEV INDIANAPOLIS (UPli Anthony G. Kiritsi.s' brother. Jimmy, was to testify today as the defense attempted to show Kirilsls was legally insane when he strapped a sa wed-off shotgun lo (he neck of a real eslatcexecutive last February. Defense attorneys Nile Slanton and Kichard Kiefcr opened their part of the ease Monday by calling several persons who had known Kirilsis up to 35 years. They said he did not seem to be himself at the time of the abduction Kiritsis. 44, Indianapolis, has entered a plea of innocent by reason of insanity to charges of kidnaping, armed robbery and extortion stemming from the abduction of Richard O. Hall. Hall was held hostage for 2 1 ? days and released when Kiritsis was promised $5 million by his family's business. The stale rested the_main part of its case Monday afternoon with testimony from a psychiatrist who was at the scene of the siege at Kiritsis' westsidc apartment and from Indianapolis Police Chief Eugene Gallagher. Both Gallagher and Dr. Dwighl Schuster testified they felt Kirilsis was sane, with Schuster explaining that the defendant had a "paranoid personality." which is not a mental condition under Indiana's statute on insanity, Gallagher also said police had the prosecutor's office prepare an offer of immunity so they could have it available if they needed it as a bargaining tool in dealing with Kiritsis. "Sheriff (Lawrence) Broderick and 1 met privately and decided that we could not Condemned Man Appeals To High Court TALLAHASSEE. Fla. (UP1) — Attorneys for condemned murderer John Spenkelink have gone to the Supreme Court instead of waiting on a New Orleans appeals court to decide whether to extend Spenkelink's stay of execution past Thursday. Florida Deputy Attorney General Jim Whisenand said today the Supreme Court was asked late Monday to overturn a Florida Supreme Court decision upholding Spenkelink's death sentence. A related, but different appeal is pending before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. That court has stayed Spenkelink's execution until Thursday while it decides whether to hear the suit, which contends the death penalty in Florida discriminates against persons killing white victims. It is unusual for Spenkelink's lawyers to make appeals in two federal courts at the same time, Whisenand said, "but apparently they're trying to exhaust all available remedies." Assistant Attorney General Ray Marky has asked the New Orleans court to refuse to hear the case and uphold a decision by U.S. District Judge William Stafford of Tallahassee. Stafford said capital punishment is' imposed legally, rejecting claims that the murderer of a white victim is more likely to get the death penalty than the killer of a black. Spenkelink. 28, was convicted ol shooting and hacking to death a follow prison fugitive at a Tallahassee motel in 1973. He was originally scheduled to die in Florida's electric chair Sept. 19. Royal Center Team Takes Midwest The Royal Center Jaycees Softball team is Midwest champion. Royal Center won the mid- west national slow pitch championship on Sunday in DeWitt, Iowa by defeating Kewaskum. Wise. 20-6 after smashing five home runs in the first two innings. The team advanced to the finals by defeating Cascade. Iowa li-5 in nine innings, Wheaton, Mo. 12-10 and Kewaskum 15-5. Royal Center advanced to the Midwest tourney by winning the Indiana State championship late in September. The Midwest tourney consisted of champions and some runners-up from Minnesota. Illinois. Iowa, North •Dakota. South Dakota, Wisconsin. Miisouri and Indiana. The team got through the tourney In the winners bracket. The team members were Mike Conn, Frank Gaumer. Charlie Gaumer. Dick Harmon. Gregg Ladd. Bob Maroney. Phil McDonald. Bill Parker. Rick Scott. Bill Spangler.i Tim Spangler and Coach Mike Robinson. Now You Know The highest tribute a Tibetan m*n can pay his dead father is to fashion a trumpet out of his (•ther** thighbone. honor any offer of immunity," Gallagher said. ••We kept it off the police radio, but sent word around to ( each of our personnel at the' scene that regardless of whal they might hear, we were not honoring any offer of immunity." Authorities decided to make the offer the second evening of the siege when Kirilsis became very upset after hearing a •broadcast report that members of a bomb squad were at the scene. Gallagher said The chief added Kiritsis thought they were preparing to rush his apartment and threatened to explode two bottles of whal ho claimed was nitrogyleorin — but which was really gasoline. Both the grant of immunity and the promissory note for S3 million — to which Gallagher admitted forging someone else's name — were canceled as soon as Kiritsis released Hall and put down the shotgun that had been wired to Hall's neck, Monday's defense witnesses said Kirksis was very angry and confused when they talked to him during the siege and "didn't sound exactly like himself" some of the lime. However. Slanton said it would probably bo Thursday before he begins to call the half dozen or so psychiatrists he hopes will convince the jury that Kiritsis was not legally, responsible for his actions at the time. Illness Delays Confirmation Of Johnson For 15 months House Republicans have blocked efforts permitting film director Milos Forman of Czechoslokia to speed his U.S. citizenship. The issue is all but noot. On Nov. 1 he will reach the required 5- year waiting period from the date he was granted permanent reisdence here. (UPI) MONTGOMERY, Ala. <UPI> — FBI Director-designate 'Frank Johnson Jr. — a "har- dhcaded" man who "sets his own course" — has been ordered to lied after complications from surgery forced postponmcnt of today's scheduled confirmation hearings. "Basically i feel good." said Johnson, who flew home from Washington late Monday after complaining of swelling in the groin urea. "The hearings were set:» days before Dr. i Michael) Dcbakey said 1 should go. 1 may have I ried to push i I some." Dcbakey. the renowned heart specialist, performed the surgery to correct a stomach aheurysm at a Houston hospital Aug. 26. Smiling and appearing noticeably stronger than when he returned from Houston. Johnson said he did not think the complications would harm his chances in the Senate confirmation hearings. The hearings are expected lo be rescheduled for January. Dr. J.J. Kirschenfeld. Johnson's personal physician, examined the U.S. district judge after his arrival, then told reporters the complications arose because Johnson did "ino much, loo soon." "The judge is hard-headed and sets his own course." he said. Kirschenfeld said he's ordered Johnson to bed for two days and he wants him to remain at home for several more days. "Hc'.s-'tired and worn out but he. is in excellent condition as far as his general health goes." Kirschenfeld said. "After a • week of rest, he should be able lo resume a moderate amount of activity." "There are no real complications," he added. "As far as the surgery was concerned, it was a success. Johnson. 58. a Republican, first declined the FBI post last December, but reconsidered earlier this year. He built a national reputation in Uie late 1950s because of a series of court decisions that hastened 'the pace of racial desegregation in Alabama. 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