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May 4, 1996
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Kevorkian takes stand in assisted-suicide trial

Kevorkian

PONTIAC, Michigan (CNN) -- Dr. Jack Kevorkian took the stand in his own defense Friday afternoon in his assisted-suicide trial, insisting his goal was not to end his patient's lives, but to end their suffering.

Kevorkian, during his direct testimony, was asked if he intended to end the lives of Sherry Miller and Majorie Wantz.

"No, my motive was to carry out my duties as a doctor," Kevorkian said.

Miller, 43, suffered from multiple sclerosis and died by inhaling carbon monoxide gas. Wantz, 58, suffered from chronic pelvic pain and died from a lethal dose of drugs delivered by an injection machine devised by Kevorkian.

Outside of court, Kevorkian became angry with his own lawyers for putting on the stand two close friends of one of the women, saying he did not want to put them through the grilling by prosecutors.

When prosecutor Lawrence Bunting asked Sharon Welsh, a close friend of Miller, about Miller's suicide, she began to cry. (108K AIFF sound or 108K WAV sound)

Kevorkian's testimony is expected to continue Monday.



Bond denied for Georgians charged with bomb conspiracy

MACON, Georgia (CNN) -- A U.S. district judge Friday ordered two central Georgia men held without bond on charges of conspiracy to manufacture explosive devices.

Starr

Robert Starr, 34, of Roberta and William McCranie, 30, of Knoxville were arrested April 26. Each faces a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charges.

U.S. District Judge Wilbur Owens denied bond for Starr and McCranie and scheduled a preliminary hearing for the two men at 5 p.m. EDT Monday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms discovered components for making pipe bombs during raids at two locations in Crawford County, south of Atlanta near the city of Macon.


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