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DETROIT FREE PRESSMONDAY. FEBRUARY 15, 1988 8A Suspect puzzles school officials MUNDAY, from Page 3A knew two years ago who could've changed." Munday and her boyfriend Jerry Strickland, 26, were arraigned separately Saturday in Oakland County. They were charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the connection with the May 11, 1987, slaying of Elmer DeBoer, an oil company courier who picked up cash from the Waterford Township Union 76 gas station where Munday worked. DeBoer was carrying about $10,000 when he was robbed and killed, police said. The couple left their Springfield Township apartment after DeBoer's death. They were arrested Feb. 6 in Moses Lake, a town about 100 miles southwest of Spokane after an NBC "Unsolved Mysteries" program about the DeBoer case. Why WQuld a girl whom educators described as bright and well-adjusted leave 10th grade to run away with a man almost 10 years older? Cleaver had one theory. "Our kids are not farm kids, but they're rural," he said. "There's not a great deal going on here. It's not the social center of the tri-state area. "At 15 or 16 years old, sometimes girls' heads are turned by the color of a guy's automobile." Munday was an above-average clerical student, contemplating a move to her school's college preparatory curriculum, school administrators said. They said she appeared happy at home and had the same interests as an average teenager. The youngest of four siblings, Munday sang in the school chorus and played on the school's junior varsity basketball team. But Strickland, in interviews in the Grant County Jail in Ephrata, described a different side of Munday. He said they left Maryland because she didn't get along with her parents. "When she was with her friends, she loved school. But when she went home, she was unhappy," Strickland said. "They wouldn't let her go nowhere." Strickland met Munday after he moved to Maryland and inquired about property next to the Mundays' home. Strickland said he and Munday moved from Michigan to Washington to make a better life for themselves not because they were on the run from the police. Munday is five months pregnant with the couple's second child. They hope to give her parents temporary custody of their year-old son, Jamie. Strickland said he listened to Munday, cared about her, and didn't treat her like a teenager. "I'm a lonely person," Strickland' said. "I don't mingle with people. All I wanted was a friend. The more we talked, the closer we got." Ann Arbor protesters say sex laws are anachronisms About 24 states have similar laws banning oral and anal sex, organizer Alicia Lucksted said. The protesters held hands, jumped up and down to keep warm, and listened to speakers who contended that the laws were used to harass and defame gays and lesbians. VanBoven, who said he is not gay, gave police his vital statistics and number of times he had oral sex at least twice with two women but refused to say more. Police said they would turn the information over to detectives, who would decide upon investigation whether to seek a warrant. Said VanBoven of his crimes: "I felt the world was a better place after it was over." RALLY, from Page 3A Michigan's sodomy law, enacted in 1846, prohibits anal sex, and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A state law prohibiting gross indecency, adopted in 1903, includes regulations against oral sex, and carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $2,500 fine. During the rally, staged by the Lesbian and Gay Rights Organizing Committee in Ann Arbor, protesters bore signs like, "If you're not going to get into bed, get out of the bedroom." Alleging that the laws are an invasion of privacy, rally organizers asked demonstrators to sign a 15-foot petition that the Lesbian and Gay Rights Organizing Committee will show to to Lansing lawmakers next month. 0) 1 a "tt" Cricket Lighter if aJL. -jW Single Pack 4 0 I RICHARD LEEDetroit Free Press Charlie VanBoven turned himself in to police Sunday. 4 firms vie for lottery pact; lobbying intense Syntech officials have said the company "probably" would close its Michigan operation if it loses the contract. And as the smallest of the four competing bidders, gaming industry analysts said the Michigan contract is more critical for Syntech than any of the others. Legislators in the Traverse City area have called the recommendation to abandon Syntech a betrayal. Lottery Bureau Deputy Director Jack Schaffer said the bureau will stick fillip Cleaner Window Cleaner I 0 ri 32 ounce 32 ounce A CONTRACT, from Page 3A "We also have to move on this contract. Time is of the The current contract, with Syn-tech, expires in January 1989, and the winning bidder will have to install and test a network of nearly 4,000 terminals before then. Bowman said sorting through the bidders' competing claims is a matter of distinguishing between "blue smoke and mirrors" and "real concerns." Some of the latter remained, however, after a meeting last week of a subcommittee of the Administrative Board. They include questions over the method used by the lottery bureau to evaluate the companies' management and technical expertise, and allegations by an official of General Instrument that GTECH failed to meet minimum bid specifications in several areas. General Instrument Vice-President Gary Stein said following the lottery bureau's recommendation would allow GTECH to make a "vulgar profit. It's a rape of the state." One of the competing firms also questioned whether QTECH meets the minimum requirement for subcontracting to companies owned by minorities and women. GTECH officials maintain that they meet state requirements. At stake may be the future, at least in Michigan, of Syntech, which employs more than 100 people at its plant in Traverse City. The firm opened a plant there in 1983 at the urging of state government. by the recommendation to hire GTECH at Tuesday's session. "It's a win-at-all-costs type of situation. These big contracts don't come up very often. If I were them, I'd do the same thing." I choice WJSJ wmM- JJ 0 Limit 2-Good thru February 17, 1988 fl mmmmmmmmmmfmmt i.iniiiiiiiLiiii.m. i-ii iuamii ni.Hi.i.ituiiiiii iiiiiMiiiiimiiniijiinLiwi, i jiiiiiiiiijiiiumiih iuhiiihi i. Btens? mnsm aB mm mm EnTjaint Enfamif Formula i HELD OVER! FINAL WEEK! 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