The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 22, 1983 · Page 21
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 21

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 22, 1983
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 22, 1983 5-C RUTH BARNETT, left, and Opal Handley, Goodfellows Drive. The non-profit organiza- right, both representatives of the Plumwood- tion provides needy youngsters with toys and Eva Maude Garden Club, present a $100 check Christmas goodies, to Sun reporter Arlene Arends for the (Sun staff photo by AngieBracey) Lawman Admits Burning Evidence Against Judge EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A sheriff's captain admitted to a jury that he ordered the destruction of an unknown substance found in a judge's car because he believed it was "a setup." Capt. Willie Hill testified in his own behalf Wednesday at his trial on charges of tampering with evidence. Prosecutors allege he ordered the disposal of a suspicious white powdery substance found in El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke's car. Jurors deliberated for iy 2 hours Wednesday night without,reaching a verdict. They were told by State District Judge Sam Callan to resume deliberations today. Hill told the jury he ordered the unknown substance destroyed because he believed it was planted to discredit a witness in a federal investigation involving the county jail. "I could see it was a setup. I could see the whole plan in my mind," Hill said. He said one of the two deputies who discovered the substance last February was a key witness in a federal grand jury investigation into alleged inmate beatings at the El Paso County Jail in 1981. Hill said Deputy Dwight Jefferson testified against jailers, three of whom were indicted last week on charges of beating inmates, and "was very unpopular." "I had calls telling me they were going to kill a soul brother," Hill said, explaining that he thought people planted the substance in O'Rourke's car because they knew Jefferson would be working on the vehicle and would find the substance. Both Hill and Jefferson are black. Hill, an llVfe-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was indicted in October on misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and tampering with evidence. Callan dismissed the official misconduct charge Wednesday before the case went to the jury. Jefferson and Deputy Jim Boykin have said they found the suspicious substance, which they believed to be heroin, inside a. condom 1 while they were installing a two-way radio in O'Rourke's car. The two men said that when they told Hill of the discovery he ordered it destroyed. Hill said Wednesday he did not believe the substance was evidence in any investigation and only wanted to protect Jefferson. He said he feared Jefferson would go to jail if anyone knew of the substance and said Jefferson would be killed in j ail. "He'd be dead today," he said, Jefferson and Boykin were granted immunity from prosecution in return for testimony against Hill. Under cross-examination, prosecutor Tom Roepke asked Hill if he ordered the substance destroyed for political reasons, pointing outj that Hill was a "political and personal friend" j of O'Rourke. ' He asked Hill if his judgment was "influenced more by political considerations than by your intention to uphold the law?" Roepke also asked Hill if he would order a substance be destroyed if it were found in an automobile that had just been involved in a traffic accident. Hill answered "no" to all Roepke's questions, telling the court that he made the decision to destroy the substance in "a matter of four or five minutes." "I was scared to death," he said. "I didn't think about all these things you're bringing up. I knew it was a trap. I didn't want to fall into that trap." But he added just before he left the witness stand, "If I had the time to look at it (now), I'd make an entirely different decision than this." Congressman BAYTOWN AREA CRISIS: 422-2292 Is Featured WOMEN'S CENTER OFFICE: 427-2421 LIBERTY — U.S. Rep. Kent Hance of Lubbock will be the featured speaker at the Eighth Annual Awards Banquet of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 18. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dayton High School cafeteria. Hance is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Republican John Tower. Hance has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1978. He represents District 19, which includes 15 counties and the city ofLubbock. "Citizens of the Year" will also be announced for the cities of Liberty and Dayton. The recipents of these awards will be chosen by a vote of Chamber members, according to Homer C. Smith, general manager of the Chamber. Tickets for the banquet are $15 each and may be purchased at the Chamber office, 1915 Trinity in Liberty. Chamber members will have first choice of the 600 available tickets. 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