The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 10, 1974, Image 1

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“Our liberty depends upon the free
dom of the press and that cannot be
limited without being lost.”
.. . Thomas Jefferson
Police arrest boy in
Rattalidtl muti lation slayings
m m m H HOUSTON — A slight, announced a juvenile court will tions about the arrest and the then the decapitated boc
Vol. 67 No. 394
College Station, Texas
Friday, May 10, 1974
Judiciary Committee opens
impeachment proceedings
minders of the historic import of
its task, the House Judiciary
Committee on Thursday began
hearing the evidence its impeach
ment staff has gathered against
President Richard M. Nixon.
The hearing began on a day
that saw appeals from Republi
can leaders to the President
urging him to reconsider his de
termination to remain in office
and fight the impeachment move.
Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr.,
D.-N.J., in a brief opening state
ment, said, “I don’t need to stress
again the importance of our
undertaking and the wisdom, de
cency and principle which we
must bring to it.
“We understand our high con
stitutional responsibility. We will
faithfully live up to it.”
The senior Republican on the
committee, Rep. Edward Hutch
inson of Michigan, referred to
the panel starting “consideration
of the most awesome power con
stitutionally vested in the House
of Representatives.”
The two opening statements
took less than eight minutes to
read and then the committee
voted 31 to 6 to begin hearing
the evidence in closed session.
James D. St. Clair, President
Nixon’s chief Watergate lawyer,
was allowed to sit in on the hear
ing and was the first participant
to arrive at the committee room.
Accompanied by two other
White House lawyers, St. Clair
said he planned no opening state
ment and “neither have I been
asked to make one.”
Asked if he considered the
Judiciary Committee’s role equiv
alent to that of a grand jury. St.
Clair replied, “Clearly not.”
The 150 seats in the committee
room filled early, 90 of them with
reporters and most of the others
with relatives or friends of com
mittee members.
A long line had formed outside
the hearing room with people
hoping to attend the historic
session. Only 10 got in.
Dominated by Democrats the
membership of the committee
numbers 38 and includes two
women, three blacks and a
Catholic priest, all of them law
The key issue in this first
phase of the presentation of evi
dence will be whether the material
dealing with President Nixon’s
Watergate role is grounds for his
HOUSTON <A > > — A slight,
crew-cut 15-year-old boy
placed in custody for 10 days
Thursday after being arrested in
the mutilation slayings of two
Geraldine Tennant, a referee for
the county juvenile court ruled
that the youth could be detained
in custody for a minimum of ten
The youth, whose name is not
being released by juvenile au
thorities, was arrested late
Wednesday night in the deaths
of Kenneth Elliott, 11, and Ron
ald Elliott, 12.
Kenneth’s body was found
Wednesday in a wooded area near
the Elliott home in eastern Har
ris county. Ronald’s body was
found in the same area last
November 20.
Kenneth had been decapitated,
castrated and his stomach slashed
open. Ronald was also sexually
mutilated and his stomach
The district attorney’s office
Finals mean long hours
of preparation for many
University National Bank
“On the side of Texas A&M.”
Exam week means pulling all-nighters for
many and the University and the Bryan-College
Station area have various 24-hour establishments
to meet this need.
Study areas open 24 hours a day include the
Library from Sunday through 12 a.m. Thursday,
the study lounge on the third floor of the Zachry
Engineering Center, Lounges A-l, A-2 and A-3
on the northwest end of campus and the Krueger-
Dunn Lounges.
Other study areas open until midnight are the
Corps area lounges and Rooms 104, A, B, C, and
D in the Zachry Center. Some study area is
available on the second floor of the Memorial
Student Center, west end, until 11 p.m.
There are a number of 24-hour restaurants
in the area. These include Denny’s, the Dutch
Kettle, Sambo’s, and the Rodeway Pancake House
in Bryan.
There are also several places where ready-
to-prepare food can be picked up at any hour.
These are the U-Totems at 1405 University,
402 N. Texas Ave., 301 Patricia and 2613 E. 29th.
announced a juvenile court will
be asked to certify the youth as
an adult so he may be tried for
murder in the two crimes. Other
wise, he can only be adjudged to
have participated in delinquent
behavior and confined until he
is 18.
In the court appearance Thurs
day Referee Tennant cleared the
district attorney’s office and a
lawyer appointed by the juvenile
court to represent the youth only
at this hearing.
The young defendant had blond
hair and appeared to be about
5 feet 3 inches tall and weigh 105
pounds. The dead youth, Kenneth,
was 4 feet 4 and weighed 68
pounds, deputies said.
The defendant’s father, mother,
and stepfather were in court with
the child. All three refused to
talk to reporters.
Mack Arnold, an assistant dis
trict attorney, said the youth will
next appear in court May 20 on
the motion to certify him as an
Sheriff Jack Heard told a news
conference earlier Thursday, “The
same person is under confinement
in both cases. He lives in the
vicinity of the Elliott family, but
he is not related to them.”
Heard, citing the family code,
refused to answer almost all ques-
Last daily
This issue of The Battalion
marks the end of regular daily
printing for the spring semester.
The Battalion will be issued
weekly on Wednesdays throughout
the summer.
Normal printing will resume
again in the fall.
about the arrest and the
15-year-old, declining to talk
about any statement given by the
youth, the murder weapon or the
youth’s mental condition.
The sheriff said he believes
there is sufficient evidence
against the youth.
Kenneth disappeared Tuesday
after returning from school where
he, like Ronald, had been a
special education pupil. Dennis
Odel, principal of their school,
said both victims were “slow
learners” and were bused to an
other school daily for special
The parents of the dead youths
also have five other sons. They
moved to the eastern Harris
County area seven years ago from
Lakeland, Fla. The father is a
One of their sons, Steve, 18,
is the estranged husband of
Deborah Cobble Elliott, 17, for
mer wife of Charles C. Cobble,
17, one of the 27 victims of the
Houston mass murders discovered
last year.
Two youths, Elmer Wayne
Henley, 18, and David Owen
Brooks, 19, have been charged in
those slayings. Both have been
in custody since last August.
Heard said his office could find
no connection between the slay
ings of the Elliott children and
the mass murders.
Ronald’s body was found Nov.
20 after he had been missing four
Kenneth’s body was found by
deputies searching on horseback.
They first found his clothing,
then the decapitated body 50 feet
The boy’s head was found about
two hours later, 50 feet away. It
was propped against a tree and
covered with pine needles, depu
ties said.
Singing Cadets
Romania fund
short $5,000
The Singing Cadets will
need $5,000 to make their trip
to Romania, says Director Rob
ert Boone.
The money will pay for
round trip air transportation
from Houston to New York,
Boone said.
Donations are now being ac
cepted and any gift is appreci
ated, said secretary Lynda
Harp. Money may be donated
at the Student Programs Of
fice in the Memorial Student
Center or mailed to The Sing
ing Cadets, P.O. 5718.
The Cadets will leave May
25 and return home June 16
and the $5,000 will be needed
before departure, Boone said.
Preparations for the singing
tour are well underway.
In addition to the Romania
tour, the Singing Cadets will
perform this summer for the
International Association of
Hospital Administrators in
Chicago on August 12.
5 Student accuses Yosufzai of graft
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Campus Chest said to be defrauded by former VP
Conflicting stories surround the
final outcome of an investigation
of fraud charges made against
Shariq Yosufzai.
Earlier this semester Joe Walker
accused Yosufzai, then vice presi
dent of the Student Government,
of defrauding the Campus Chest.
Walker said that Yosufzai helped
him get a loan and grant from the
Campus Chest and then asked for
half of it.
An investigation, conducted by
Dean of Men Charles Powell, has
ended with no disciplinary action
taken against Yosufzai.
“He had asked me for a loan of
$60, but when David White, former
SG treasurer, asked me if I would
like to have half of the $250 I had
applied for as a grant instead of a
loan, Shariq wanted to borrow
$125,’' Walker said.
Yosufzai denied having asked for
any money from Walker. He said
that he did not hear the story until
the investigation into the allega
tions made by Walker began.
The loan was given last summer
by Yosufzai and White, both
Walker and Yosufzai agree. White
said that Yosufzai had no part in
the granting of the loan. Yosufzai
said he and White interviewed
Walker and decided that he could
have half of the money as a loan
and half as a grant.
“Joe had originally asked for a
$250 grant, but we did not feel that
he had shown sufficient need to
give him the full grant,” said Yo
Walker denied that he had asked
for a grant. He said that he was
sure he had asked for a loan and
was very surprised and pleased
when he was offered the $125 in
a grant. White said that Walker
originally asked for a grant.
Raiford Ball, a member of the
committee which investigated the
allegations made by Walker, said
that he understood from the testi
mony that Walker had asked for
a loan originally.
Walker said he was upset when
Yosufzai asked him for the $125
while White had gone to get the
check because he “began to think
something was shady.” Later,
when he demanded that Yosufzai
pay the loan back to him, Yosufzai
refused and told him that he would
get the original loan changed to a
grant, Walker said.
Yosufzai stated that Walker con
fronted him later in the year after
Walker had been given the loan and
grant and demanded that Yosufzai
get the loan portion changed to a
grant “or else.”
“He did not say what he would
do if I did not,” said Yosufzai.
Walker approached a student
senator about the problem. Walker
said that he was afraid that the
deal had not been fair and that
it would be held against him later.
Debi Blackmon, the senator con
tacted by Walker, took the matter
to Randy Ross, then president of
Student Government, and White.
White said that he and Ross inves
tigated the matter and could find
no conclusive results and turned
it over to Dean Powell and a com
mittee of three students. The stu
dents included Ball, T. Mark Blake-
more and Chet Edwards.
Powell said that no conclusive
evidence was brought up in the
meetings that would be grounds for
any disciplinary action.
Saturday, Walker went to San
Antonio where he took a polygraph
test administered by Associated
Security Advisors, Inc. The results
of the test showed two of 19 ques
tions with a positive result. A pos
itive result means that there was
a reaction to the question which
could indicate a falsehood. The
summary written by the person
who gave the test explains the rea
sons for his reactions.
The questions which he said “no”
to are “Were you aware that this
loan was not ethical at the time
that you received the $250?” and
“Have you lied to me today about
any of the questions asked about
the loan ?” The first one was asked
twice. Powell had submitted a list
of five questions. The first one
above was Powell’s fifth and the
14th on a list of 15 compiled by the
“In regards to Dean Powell’s
question 5 and my questions 14 and
15, the reason for the positive re
sponse is that as Mr. White left
his office to get the $250 check for
a period of approximately 10 min
utes, Mr. Yosufzai asked him for
$125 at that time Mr. Walker
thought there might be something
ethically wrong in the way the loan
was processed. Consequently that
is why he reacted to Dean Powell’s
question 5 and my question 14,”
according to the written statement
by the examiner. “Since he react
ed to these particular questions pos
itive, he reacted also to question
When Walker returned with the
report of the examiners this week
Powell talked to both Yosufzai and
Walker. Powell told The Battalion,
“unofficially” that at those meet
ings he asked them to make resti
tution for the entire amount of
$250 with Walker paying a portion
and Yosufzai making up the differ
Walker said that Powell told him
he would ask Yosufzai to pay half
if Walker would pay half and Walk
er agreed.
Yosufzai denied being asked by
Powell to pay any portion of the
loan, but said that he had offered
repeatedly during the investigation
to pay $125 of the amount.
“Since I feel some degree of re
sponsibility for his getting the
loan, and I am now convinced that
he did not need the money, I feel
I should make some restitution,”
Yosufzai said. “If he does not re
turn the full $250, I will donate
$125 to the Campus Chest.”
THE APPROACH of summer has its effects on campus as
students wear less and seek the outdoors. (Photo by Gary