The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 03, 1983, Image 7

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ilion/R 'ch3‘ state Battalion/Page 7 March 3, 1983 ^Vil e of judge’s murderer reused of lying to jury * + * + AGGIE COWBOYS 1ST ANNUAL SOFTBALL ROUND-UP \ H United Press International '"SHREVEPORT, La— Jo ■ Harrelson purchased a fie believed used in a contract Uihg of a federal judge, ■nged for the pickup of lyoff money and then told old and calculating lies” to a rand jury, a prosecutor said Wednesday. ^Harrelson was charged with ing five times to a grand jury J vestigating the May 1979 tsasMnation of U.S. District idge John Wood Jr. in San ijtonio. In exchange for her coopera- pn with the grand jury, Harrel- jn was guaranteed her testi- iom would not be used against er unless she committed per- Ity before the panel. ■The government will prove (answers that she gave (to the grand jury) were cold and deli berate and calculating lies,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Jahn told jurors in an opening statement. Harrelson, 42, is the wife of contract killer Charles Harrel son, who was convicted in Wood’s slaying by the same jury that found Mrs. Harrelson guil ty of obstructing justice. A third defendant, Elizabeth Chagra, was convicted of con spiring to commit murder. Her husband, El Paso gambler Jamiel Chagra, yvas found inno cent in a Florida trial of hiring Harrelson to kill Wood but was convicted on a marijuana distri bution charge. Harrelson is serving a 40-year Texas prison term on weapons charges, and Chagra is jailed for continued criminal enterprise Aliens killed to set ‘example’ ■ United Press International [MlCHMOND — One of four ialvadorans shot to death July |6 along the banks of the Brazos S»er near Richmond was killed ‘■frighten other illegal aliens md their families into paying in creased smuggling fees, pro- tecutors said. "“■Prosecutors made their com- pents Tuesday at the opening )f the capital murder trial of . Juan Ramon Ortiz, charged with ..Wiling Ramon Tercios — one of the four Salvadorans. _■ Prosecutors identified Ortiz ■ a member of the notorious ‘‘Las Tejas” illegal alien smug gling ring from Mexico. They ■d members of the smuggling gang became angry when rela tives of several Salvadorans smuggled into this country in trucks refused to pay smuggling fees which were higher than those originally demanded. Prosecutors said one “coyote,” or member of the smuggling gang, was killed dur ing a shootout with relatives of an alien from El Salvador, and gang members retaliated by kill ing the four Salvadorans. The smugglers wanted to set an ex ample for other clients who re fused to meet the increased smuggling fees, prosecutors said. Ortiz was one of 13 people indicted in the killings. TDC penalized in job sex suit f United Press International HOUSTON — The Texas en bepartment of Corrections was ,a lined over $14,000 for contempt pf court for failing to reinstate a woman who claims she was de moted from her job because of ^ her sex. n Rw U.S. District Judge Carl Bue on Tuesday ordered the prison system to pay Rosemary Sebas- eel jian $14,483.20 for failing to ^ jheet his March 1982 order to ia ,'' restore her title and duties as health services administrator 1 e pending a trial on her sex discri- ,na mination suit. I 'Bue calculated the exact pen alty on the basis of the claimed damages, including attorney fees, to Sebastian. MSC Travel Dominican Republic Experience — Second Summer Session ’83 — Opportunities available in Agricul ture, Business, Crafts, Engineer ing, Health Science, Sc Language Training. More info & applications Travel Cubicle MSC 216 845-1515 Interviews March 7 & 8 SIGN UP NOW and cocaine possession. Mrs. Harrelson was convicted in December of obstructing jus tice and earlier was found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail for using a false name to pur chase a rifle allegedly used in Wood’s slaying. Jahn told jurors Mrs. Harrel son and her husband talked Mrs. Harrelson’s daughter, Teresa Starr, into traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., to pick up $250,000 in payoff money for the judge’s slaying. During grand jury testimony, Mrs. Har relson denied any knowledge of her daughter’s trip to Las Vegas and said she never had seen Starr with more than $ 1,000 in cash. Jahn told jurors, however, that Mrs. Harrelson not only helped plan the Las Vegas trip but actually took the money from her daughter. “Jo Ann Harrelson counted out first $4,000 and handed it to Teresa Starr and then, at the in sistence of Charles Harrelson, counted out another $ 1,000 and gave it to her (Starr),” Jahn said. Mrs. Harrelson is accused of lying to the grand jury twice when she denied purchasing the rifle in Dallas and when she said she never used the alias Fay L. King- Prosecutors said she also lied about her knowledge of her daughter’s trip to Nevada and the handling of the money. Prosecutors had claimed Chagra contracted for Wood’s death because the judge, known as “Maximum John” for the harsh sentences he handed drug dealers, was to sentence him for a drug conviction. March 5-6 Central Park (C.S.) Men’s Class A & B (Limited to first 32 paid entries at $ 65 00 ) CALL TODAY... ONLY 7 OPENINGS LEFT! Sebastian’s lawyer, Evelyn Jo Wilson, said the award is a fine that is paid to the plaintiff. She said Bue ordered Sebastian rein stated in March 1982 because she was likely to win her case and failure to reinstate her would re sult in added damages charged to TDC. “For TDC’s failure to comply, we were entitled to a compensa tory fine remedying the effects of the defendants’ failure to comply,” Wilson said. She said TDC denies Sebas tian was demoted because of her sex but claims her reassignment from the position in the health services division was part of a reorganization. Double Elimination J Tropies: 1st thru 6th (team) Shirts: 1 st thru 3rd (individual) 10 All-Tourney Awards ALSO: HOME RUN DERBY Saturday from 4:00-6:00 For more info call: James Cesarini 693-5606 or Joey Panozzo 696-5739 ttiVKD* MB Tickets Still Available IN CONCERT With Special Guest THE BELLAMY BROTHERS THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd 8:00 P.M. G. ROLLIE WHITE COLISEUM Tickets- $7, $8, & $8.50 MSC Box Office 845-1234 _ __ Feb. 7-11 Feb.14