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For More Information Contact: Jeff @ 680-9980 10 Monday, March 18, 2002 ST.*' THE BATTAl Jury selection to begin in alleged animal cruelty case Mondavi WACO (AP) — Jury selection was set to begin Monday in the trial of a former Baylor University baseball player accused of shooting, beheading and skinning a stray cat a year ago. Derek Brehm, 20, of San Antonio is charged with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. In response to the interest the case has gener ated in the media and with animal rights groups, McLennan County Court-at-Law Judge Mike DEREK BREHM Gassaway has ordered 50 prospective jurors to report Monday, instead of the usual 15. Brehm’s co-defendant, former Baylor baseball player Clint Bowers of Robinson, is set for trial April 1. Waco police arrested the two March 9 shortly after receiving a report that someone shot a cat near the Baylor campus and fled in a sport utility vehicle. Police stopped Bowers’ Chevrolet Tahoe nearby and noticed blood on the door and steering wheel, according to police reports. While searching the truck, police found a severed, skinned cat’s head in the back. They also found a pellet gun. a knife and a golf club that appeared to have cat hair on it. The cat reportedly was named “Queso” by some employees of a Taco Cabana restaurant near Baylor, where the animal often ate food scraps. Prosecutors Crawford Long and Melanie Walker have offered no plea bargains to either defendant, saying the case shor decided by a jury. Both men, through their attorneys, have indicated that would plead guilty if their sentences would keep them out of “1 think it is unfortunate that we have to go to trial" Brr lawyer, Russ Hunt, told the Waco Tribune-Herald for Sunda\ tions. *‘I think the boys did something that showed a lack of ment. but I don't think they violated the law.” Yat< I NEWS IN BRIEF Former Chrysler CEO wants to come back DETROIT (AP) — Former Chrysler Corp. chairperson Lee lacocca wants to return to the company he once helped lead, but said DaimlerChrysler AG chairman Juergen Schrempp has shut him out. Schrempp and lacocca have talked over the past few years about lacocca's possible return to the automaker. The Detroit News reported Sunday. lacocca said Schrempp, the master mind behind Daimler-Benz's 1998 acquisition of Chrysler, led him on for months about a possible role in reviving Chrysler. The company has struggled Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith suspended both plau- eight games about two weeks after their arrests. The) have both left the team. Brehm, 20, was kicked off the team after beine arreste September on drunken-driving charges and has since"moved• to San Antonio. Bowers, 22, remains a student at Bavlor. Sources told the newspaper that prosecutors are consider- calling Bowers as a witness in Brehm’s trial. Bowers mir i offered “testimonial immunity,” meaning Ins testimony woul 'V—^ c ^ igainst him at his own trial. 1^7 | j In January. Brehm was arrested after failmc to show ur i pretrial hearing. He surrendered that afternoon and was re : murder, i soon afterward on a $2,000 bond. K cnni ^ If convicted, Brehm faces up to a year in the county jail r children maximum $4,000 fine. s | K . , Animal rights groups have picketed the courthouse, cafltdlot d C \ ^ Baylor officials to expel the students and have established ,,,, raising efforts in memory of the cat. j urx ^ | 1 6r death I ■ Andre Bite nee t TT . , . j “ ~ “""for no ot 1 with sinking sales and profits since Ani • was acquired by the German carmak:j sh (Ne "I'd give my right arm to do it, tc: th ^ is th ^ honest," lacocca said in the interview. In this GRADUATES his Los Angeles home. "Chryslerwas* , • life. I really feel bad it is where it^ clmis ^ today. People say well, it's just anGt' murderer German company. No. This was a gn: ne L d mo) American company." this are p, Bialty at argue that less for th committee ■ Under jury must things in £ the defend Who’s framing your diploma? Framed the day you graduate! Choose an option: /. 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