News Briefs

January 25, 1996
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Pentagon to wrap Haiti mission on schedule

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon says the United States will wrap up its involvement in the U.N. military mission in Haiti on schedule February 29. A small number of American troops may return to help build roads and schools, officials said.

Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said the United States is hopeful that Canada will provide troops to help maintain stability in Haiti after the U.N. mission ends.

Canada's top military officer met with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. John Shalikashvili at the Pentagon Thursday.

American troops have been in Haiti since September 1994. The United States currently has 2,128 peacekeeping troops and 266 support personnel in Haiti.

Bacon said some support personnel will remain after February 29, but not for more than six weeks.

Officials say runaway pregnant girl is 14, not 10


HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- The pregnant youth found Wednesday night after fleeing from state custody last Sunday is 14 years old and not 10, as Texas officials had believed when they began their search for her.

Adela Garcia, the real name of the girl authorities had known as Cindy Garcia, is eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and carried a fake birth certificate indicating she was 10, Texas Children's Protective Services (CPS) officials said Thursday.

Officials said Adela's mother told them she had the certificate forged so she could enroll her daughter in a Houston school after the family moved to the United States about 10 years ago.

The girl was taken into custody two weeks ago after welfare officials called CPS, saying that a 10-year-old pregnant girl had applied for benefits. Adela fled last Sunday, apparently afraid the state would take her baby from her.

Her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Roman Sotelo, was taken to jail Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault and bond was set for $200,000. He is expected to be arraigned Friday.

Adela, who officials say is still a minor under Texas law, was taken to a juvenile detention center.

Republican head of GSA quits


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The head of the government's General Services Administration resigned Thursday, citing what he calls the "intolerance and divisive rhetoric" of some congressional Republicans.

Roger Johnson, himself a Republican, took over GSA almost three years ago. The agency manages federal buildings and facilities.

Johnson called federal employees "dedicated and hard-working," and said they don't deserve to be "scapegoats" for the nation's problems.

Witness says Green killed Jordan's father


LUMBERTON, North Carolina (CNN) -- A witness testified Thursday that Daniel Green was the man who shot and killed basketball star Michael Jordan's father.

Larry Demery testified outside the jury's presence in the North Carolina murder trial. Demery has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for his testimony

He said Green used a stolen pistol to kill James Jordan during a robbery in 1993, and that Jordan surprised them as they tried to steal his luxury car.

If convicted, Green could get the death penalty.

Police offer evidence not used in O.J. murder trial

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Los Angeles Police Department sources told CNN Thursday that members of its robbery-homicide division have been detailing evidence that was never introduced in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial which they hope can be used against the former football star in the ongoing wrongful death civil suit.

The evidence includes witnesses who say Simpson had been stalking his ex-wife, Nicole, sources said. Simpson has denied that allegation in the past.

Simpson was charged with the 1994 murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted last October, but is now in the midst of giving depositions in the civil suit.

Lawyers for the Goldman family questioned Simpson for the fourth day Wednesday. The questioning was "dramatically different" Thursday, a day after he appeared on his first TV interview since his acquittal, Ronald Goldman's father said.

Fred Goldman said he didn't watch Simpson's interview Wednesday on the Black Entertainment Network, during which Simpson expressed anger at the victims' families.

An estimated 3 million homes tuned in to Simpson's interview on the Black Entertainment Network (BET) Wednesday night, the cable network said Thursday.

Reno vows to keep prosecuting abortion clinic violence

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Janet Reno vowed Thursday that her department will continue to pursue every case of violence against abortion clinics and doctors who do the procedure. (179K AIFF sound or 179K WAV sound)

She made her comments after Justice Department sources told CNN that a grand jury has failed to find sufficient evidence of a nationwide conspiracy against clinics and physicians. Reno refused to confirm the reports.

The 16-month investigation was launched by the Clinton administration after a string of attacks on clinic employees. The grand jury was impaneled in Alexandria, Virginia, after a clinic doctor and volunteer were slain in Pensacola, Florida, in July 1993.

Doctor says Erik Menendez failed 'homicidality' test


LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A psychologist has testified that Erik Menendez scored a zero in December on a test that measures how much someone has fantasized about killing his or her abuser.

However, according to Dr. John Wilson's notes from September 1995, Menendez told Wilson he used to fantasize about killing his father by smashing him over the head with a tennis racket.

Wilson, a psychologist specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, testified Wednesday. Wilson said having the syndrome does not cause people to kill their parents, but studies of Vietnam veterans have shown a link between having the disorder and a disposition toward aggression.

Erik and his brother, Lyle, are being retried for the 1989 deaths of their parents. They confessed to the killings, claiming they shot them after years of physical and mental abuse. Prosecutors maintain the brothers killed their parents to obtain their multimillion-dollar estate.

The brothers initially were tried separately, but juries couldn't agree on verdicts, resulting in mistrials.

Prosecutors: Evidence is plentiful in Oklahoma City bombing case


OKLAHOMA CITY (CNN) -- More than 11,000 witness statements given to defense lawyers in the Oklahoma City bombing case should refute defense claims that evidence is being withheld, prosecutors say.

In the brief filed Wednesday, prosecutors argue that Stephen Jones, attorney for bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, is not legally entitled to all the information the lawyer seeks, but that they will provide it, anyway.

Jones has accused prosecutors of stalling the process of handing over evidence and of withholding materials that might prove McVeigh's innocence. Prosecution lead attorney Joseph Hartzler maintains there is no exculpatory evidence that would clear McVeigh.

At a hearing last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch agreed with Jones' interpretation of the term "exculpatory." The judge ordered Hartzler to turn over all information that might be used to challenge the prosecution's case.



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