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Page 6/The Battalion/Monday, September 9, 1985
by Kevin Thomas
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Jury selection begins today
in nursing home murder trial
start new
Associated Press
HOUSTON — When some vet
eran Continental Airlines pilots
heard that their airline had just filed
to reorganize in federal bankruptcy
court, they decided to leave the in
dustry and venture into other ca
“I made that decision day one,”
said Doug Fletcher, an 18-year vet
eran with Continental. “I wrote it off
right there.”
A week later when the pilots
union went on strike against Conti
nental, Fletcher reaffirmed his deci
sion to change careers.
The change meant opening a
transmission shop franchise with
Frank Sonnier, another striking pi
lot, in Clute. The two plan to open
five more shops in the Houston area.
The pair is like a number of active
striking pilots who have started their
own businesses while the Air Line Pi
lots Association continues to strike
Houston-based Continental.
Longtime pilots say it’s difficult, if
not impossible, to go to work for
other carriers since they’re not
young enough to be desirable hires.
“Wheh the strike started, I started
looking around for something else
to get into,” said Fletcher, 45.
Fletcher and Sonnier determined
the service industry was “where the
money was.” Their shop opened in
Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Lack of space
at the Bexar County courthouse and
an unusually large jury pool have
forced officials to move jury selec
tion for a nursing home murder trial
to a hotel banquet room.
A jury pool of 200 people has
been called to hear the state’s mur
der case against the Autumn Hills
Convalescent Center, Inc., and five
The nursing home, part of a
Houston-based chain, its president
and four current and former em
ployees are accused in the 1978
deaths of Edna Mae Witt, 78, and El-
nora Breed, 87.
The two women died at the Au
tumn Hills Nursing Home in Texas
The trial has been moved to San
Antonio from its original location in
Galveston because of extensive pub
licity surrounding the case.
Attorneys are scheduled to meet
today to dispense with pretrial mo
tions. Jury selection will follow.
Jury selection was moved to the
Travelodge Hotel across the street
from the Bexar County courthouse.
The trial itself will be held in a court
room at the federal courthouse.
“The reason for it is the 200-
member jury panel, and we do not
have the courtroom space,” said
Jean Bloomingdale, administrative
secretary for the criminal district
courts in San Antonio.
She said jury selection had never
been held outside the courthouse be
A 200-member jury pool is unusu
ally large, she said. The court usually
calls 100 potential jurors for capital
murder trials and 42 for regular
criminal cases.
The defendants, named in a No
vember grand jury indictment, in
clude Autumn Hills President Rob
ert Gay, 58; Ron Pohlmeyer, 41;
Mattie Locke, 42, a nursing consul
tant; Virginia Wilson, 02, formerad-
ministrator of the nursing home;
and Cassandra Canlas, 31, former
director of nursing services at the
nursing home.
An investigation into the nursing
home began after David Marks, a
former Galveston County assistanl
district attorney, read reports pre- |
pared by state nursing home inspec
The reports described how el
derly patients were left for days in
their own waste, how their bedsores
and other afflictions were ignored
and how they were beaten and
The indictments against the de
fendants allege failure to providt
adequate care, nutrition, media
tions, bathing facilities and other
needs for the patients.
The charges also allege the de- !
fendants falsified records.
Official says win due to position on issues
Associated Press
HOUSTON — Republican Eu
gene R. Haney edged out Democrat
Walter Hinojosa in a special run-off
election for a vacant state house seat
representing north Houston.
Haney, 33, will fill the District 140
house seat vacated when Democrat
Gene Green was elected to the state
Senate. Haney probably will have to
run again to participate in a legis
lative session since the Legislature
doesn’t convene again in regular ses
sion until after the May primary.
Only 8 percent of the registered
voters in the district turned out for
Saturday’s election. Haney, an insur
ance salesman, grabbed 1,514 or
54.4 percent of the votes. Hinojosa,
a former school teacher, collected
1,270 or 45.6 percent of the votes.
Haney attributed his victory to his
strong stand on moral issues.
“The moral issues are very impor
tant to the people of this district,” he
said. “This district led the fight
against massage parlors. We made a
clear-cut stand on these issues, on
abortion, on pornography.”
Saturday’s election followed an
Aug. 10 special election when nei
ther candidate out of a slate of seven
received a majority of the votes.
In that election, Hinojosa carried
25 percent of the votes to Haney’s 19
Since then, Hinojosa, 35, has been
pounded with charges that he had
not lived in the district long enough
to run for office and also that he had
failed to mention he was fired from
his job as a teacher in the Houston
Independent School District.
He now- works for the Texas Fed
eration of Teachers in Houston.
Hinojosa maintained that his resi
dency was established in the districl
and said he had filed a lawsuit seel
ing to regain his HISDjob.
Throughout the campaign, Hino
josa stressed the need for educatio
nal improvements as well as greater
local control over government pro
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