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Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997

State official probes HOME rehab work

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - A "mess" in Reeves County's housing rehabilitation
program brought a representative of the Texas Department of Housing and
Community Affairs to Pecos Tuesday.

John Montoya, TDHCA's regional coordinator for the HOME project, said
his job in Pecos consisted of finding out what the problem is, where
they are in the $340,000 project, and what can be done about it.

Montoya's visit stemmed from complaints that several of the 13 homes
being rehabilitated under the grant program were left unfinished, with
residents in at least one of the homes going without heat during the
first part of winter.

Finger pointing and innuendoes have followed the complaints, but Montoya
said his main concern is finding a solution to the problems.

"I'm not here to point fingers or to try to find out who's at fault,
rather to see what can be done to correct the issue," said Montoya.

Montoya said the administrator of the fund did not see that contractors
got the job done.

"We'll be using the remainder of whatever funds are left to complete
what was left incomplete and to fix what was done incorrectly," said

It is not known how much of this particular grant is left over and if it
is a sufficient amount to correct the numerous problems.

"My first concern is to finish what was supposed to be done, and
technically the contractor for any work that was not completed is still
responsible," said Montoya.

If the TDHCA and Reeves County can't get those particular contractors to
come and finish what they've started, they will hire someone new.

Second, Montoya said they will fix whatever problems, if any, remain in
the houses.

"Since we started the program one of the clients has become more
handicapped, and my third concern has to do with him," said Montoya.

Montoya's plan includes furnishing the Carlos and Reynalda Fierro home
with a fully-equipped bathroom for the handicapped.

Complaints were made to Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo and other
county officials by Mary Lou Corrales, a family friend of the Fierros,
over work done on their house, located south of Pecos on Highway 17.
Carlos Fierro recently returned home after having his second leg
amputation, and heating units and work on the home's handicapped
facilities had not been completed, Corrales said.

Private funds were used to buy space heaters for the Fierros, and
Montoya said, "If funds are still available we plan to complete a
handicapped accessible bathroom."

But at this point, it is not known if there are any funds left,
according to Montoya.

He said that the conflict with this particular HOME grant could have a
big impact on Reeves County receiving future funding from the state.

County officials have already spoken to some contractors, and even
though it will be their decision at the end, Montoya said, he would
prefer new contractors be hired.

For now, the group, consisting of Judge Galindo, new grant administrator
Mari Maldonado and Montoya, will be trying to come up with a solution to
find out exactly what it's going to take to complete the project.

"The main reason that I'm here is to try to figure out where we're at
and what we need to do to get these people straightened out," said

Total amount for this particular grant was for $340,000. It was handled
by Willie Gochicoa, who was approved by the Reeves County Commissioners
court as housing rehabilitation specialist on March 27, 1995. Grant
funds came to about $27,000 apiece for each of the 13 homes in the

Both Corrales and Galindo have cited the work done by building
contractor Garcia Construction as the source of the problem, while
company owner Ernest Garcia blames a failure by the county to provide
adequate funds, and actions by the Fierros and other homeowners
themselves, as contributing to the project's problems.

Gochicoa, who left his position last summer, claims that the only
payment he received was $11,500 for the entire year.

"The money I received was from grant funding and I couldn't withdraw any
funds without first going through county auditor Lynn Owens and county
treasurer Linda Clark," said Gochicoa.

Gochicoa claims that all the paperwork is in the county auditor's office.

Through Gochicoa, Garcia was hired to do the renovations on some of the
homes, including the Fierro home, while Daniel Gomez was also hired as a

Garcia said the Fierro family should not have stayed in the house while
the renovation was underway.

He said he had a dispute with Galindo over $1,600 advanced to him to
purchase and install heaters for Gomez.

Gomez returned to the job before Garcia installed the heaters and the
county demanded the $1,600 back, leading to a conflict betwee Garcia and

"We asked him (Garcia) to give the money back since we needed it to pay
the other contractor who finally completed the job," said Galindo.

"I am about to go bankrupt because of all the changes, yet I still try
to go out there on weekends and do whatever work we can do, because as a
contractor, I want to finish," Garcia said.

"I just feel like I was treated unfairly. Another contractor got it

Galindo sees the situation differently, citing difficulties with some
of the local contractors.

Reporter Peggy McCracken contributed to this story.

Tale of the tape results

in guilty plea by Levario

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - Pascual Levario-Quiroz changed his mind about
wanting a jury trial Tuesday when three Mexican federales
(police) showed up to testify against him, bringing a taped telephone
conversation with Levario.

After listening to the tape, defense attorney Tony Chavez of Odessa
proposed a plea bargain with government prosecutor Jim Blankinship.

Blankinship said today that he could not reveal contents of the tape,
but that it may be made public at sentencing.

Other sources said Levario made the call to the federales
while in Reeves County Jail awaiting trial and asked them not to testify.

Levario pleaded guilty to two counts of a three-count indictment. He
admitted entering the United States at a place not designated for entry
by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and to bringing in a
firearm not authorized to be brought in.

An affidavit in Levario's file alleges that Mexican police saw the
defendant drive his red pickup across the Rio Grande as they sought to
arrest him on a murder charge.

Levario shot at the federales, and they shot back, wounding
Levario. Border Patrol agents who were asked to help apprehend the
fugitive found him at his mother's home in Redford, near the Rio Grande
east of Presidio.

The motor of his bullet-riddled red pickup was still warm. It contained
a bloody assault rifle, and wet mud on the pickup indicated it had just
crossed the river, the affidavit said.

Levario was taken by ambulance to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in
Alpine, where he was admitted. Upon his release a day or two later,
Border Patrol agents arrested him on the illegal entry charge, and he
has remained in jail since.

Chavez had sought to have Levario released on bail, but Senior Judge
Lucius Bunton denied that motion on the grounds the 30-year-old
convicted dope dealer and murderer was a flight risk and danger to the

Judge Bunton was prepared on Tuesday to hear a motion to suppress
evidence, in which Chavez claimed that a warrantless search of the
Redford home and the red pickup were made without probable cause to
believe a crime had been committed.

Levario's guilty plea canceled that hearing, and Judge Bunton dismissed
the jury.

At the same time, he notified jurors chosen in a civil case not to
report today as ordered, since the parties agreed to a settlement.

Cruz and Catalina Garcia sued General Motors Corp. for damages resulting
from a rollover accident that left Cruz Garcia paralyzed from the waist

Garcia said he was wearing a seat belt when his 10-year-old pickup
rolled over, but the belt came loose. He alleged the safety belt
restraint system was defective.

Judge Bunton said he accepted the offer made by General Motors before
the litigants came to Pecos for trial.

Law still makes trial go on

after defendant goes away

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PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - Israel Maldonado-Gonzalez on Tuesday became the
first person to be convicted in Senior Judge Lucius Bunton's court
without being present.

Maldonado was present Monday morning when a jury was chosen and sworn in
to hear charges of conspiracy to import and possess marijuana and of
importing and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana. But he
skipped out before the jury returned for the trial at 1 p.m.

"Once the jury takes the oath, that trial has begun; jeopardy attaches,"
Judge Bunton said. "You can't try him again. So we had to go ahead with
the trial."

Had the jury been told the defendant was not present, it would have
caused a mistrial. So defense attorney Gary Hill sat at the table by
himself and cross-examined the government's witnesses just as if nothing
were amiss.

Witnesses included officers with U.S. Customs, Border Patrol and the
Permian Basin Drug Task Force and one of Maldonado's co-defendants,
Carlos Leyva.

Leyva was arrested on the same day as Maldonado, Oct. 29, 1996, but in a
different vehicle. His 1983 Chevrolet pickup was searched at the
Presidio Port of Entry, and Customs officers found 89.2 pounds of
marijuana in both fuel tanks.

Leyva said he was hired by Maldonado to drive the load to Dallas; that
another load was traveling in a red pickup, and that Maldonado's red
Ford Probe was the lead vehicle for both loads.

Notified of that information, Border Patrol Agent Rodney Hall of Marfa
spotted the red car traveling north on U.S. Highway 67 at about 5:40
a.m. He and PBDTF officer Gilbert Spencer stopped the car and questioned
the occupants about their citizenship.

Because of their nervousness, he asked for and obtained permission to
have a drug dog sniff the car. Spencer's dog alerted to the interior of
the car, but a more thorough search turned up no contraband.

A computer check of crossings at the POE showed the Ford Probe, the red
pickup and Leyva's pickup, which were all registered to Maldonado,
crossed within 15 minutes of each other.

Officers with the Permian Basin Drug Task Force located the red pickup
at a rest area east of Midland and arrested the driver, Joel Nunez
Mendoza, after finding 63.5 pounds of marijuana in the fuel tank.

After hearing closing arguments and the charge by Judge Bunton, the jury
deliberated 27 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty to all three

Since Maldonado is a fugitive, Judge Bunton did not set a date for

Cops probe armed robbery

of elderly man inside home

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PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - Police are currently conducting an investigation
into the aggravated robbery of an elderly Pecos man early Monday morning.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the 300 block of
Willow Street where a 78-year-old man was assaulted and had $400 in cash
taken from him by an unidentified Hispanic male.

Police Criminal Investigator Kelly Davis released a physical description
of the alleged assailant, who is said to be about 5 feet 3 inches in
height, weighs about 145 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

The unknown suspect was wearing a black jacket with a black hood, black
pants and gray tennis shoes. He was clean shaven and had straight black
hair, according to police reports.

He reportedly approached the elderly male and followed him inside his
home where he assaulted and robbed him.

No other details were available at this time.

Money laundering charge

filed after stash of cash

found in Pecos man's car

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - A Pecos man was arrested Monday for money
laundering, and over $7,500 was seized by sheriff's department officials.

According to Reeves County Narcotics Investigator Clay McKinney, Deputy
Flavio Estrada pulled over a vehicle driven by Ismael Ramirez Reyes, 21,
717 S. Walnut, just east of the Pecos city limit sign on Business I-20.
The stop was made for a traffic violation about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Estrada received a consent to search the vehicle from Reyes. He was
asked if he was carrying narcotics, money or a weapon after a Permian
Basin Drug Task Force canine unit was alerted to the glove box of the

Behind the compartment, officials discovered $6,700 cash.

Reyes, "then amended his first story and said he found the money," said

Because of the inconsistencies with the suspect's account of where the
money came from, the alert of the canine unit and, "additional
information," the narcotics investigator said Reyes was charged with
money laundering and taken into custody.

The $6,700 discovered in the vehicle, plus another $1,000 found on
Reyes' person, were seized, according to McKinney.

A spokesperson for the Reeves County Jail said a bond of $1,500 was
issued by Reeves County Justice of the Peace Joel Madrid and has been
met by Reyes who was released from the local jail Tuesday.

Veteran police officer

earns Masters in job

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PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - The Pecos Police Department has itself a new

Felipe Villalobos has recently been awarded his certificate for Master
Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer
Standards and Education.

Villalobos, who joined the municipal force this past September, said he
applied for the certification early last month.

He said that the certification calls for a Bachelor's degree in law
enforcement, 120 credits in law enforcement training and education or 15
years experience.

The lifelong Pecos resident met two of the aforementioned requirements,
having 130 credits and more than 16 years experience in enforcing the law.

Prior to his assignment at the PPD, Villalobos worked for the Reeves
County Sheriff's Department for 16½ years.

"I think this is a great accomplishment," said Villalobos, adding,
"There are very few officers in Reeves County that have this

Police chief Troy Moore praised Villalobos, saying, "He wears the
uniform well."

"We're very proud of him," Moore said, adding, "It's a pretty long haul
to this particular license," referring to the time and education
requirements for obtaining a Master Police Officer license."

Bunton has return visitor

to court hang around

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PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - Billy Mel Alford lost his bid for freedom this
morning when Senior Judge Lucius Bunton denied his appeal for release on

Although it has been more than 10 years since Judge Bunton sentenced
Alford to prison for his part in a large marijuana smuggling ring, the
judge said he would have recognized him, even with a beard.

"I have put on about 100 pounds," said Alford, whose portly figure was
clad in dingy white clothes provided by Reeves County Jail.

"Well, you weren't real skinny the last time I saw you," said Judge

Alford's attorney, Don Carter of Dallas, asked that Judge Bunton set
bail, with special terms of release that would ensure the accused drug
dealer would appear for trial.

In a previous detention hearing before a Dallas magistrate, government
prosecutors had claimed Alford is a danger to the community and a flight

Carter said that in-house arrest, electronic monitoring and special
conditions of reporting would ensure that Alford would be neither. His
health problems - Bell's palsy, asthma, high blood pressure and
arthritis - would hinder his traveling around the country, Carter said.

"Since he was here last time, he showed up for court after the sentence
and after the appeal. He wants to assure the court he will be here. He's
the type of person that will take care of his business," Carter said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Blankinship repeated testimony from the
"full-blown detention hearing" in Dallas.

He described the arrest of two people who were driving vans loaded with
1,200 to 1,300 pounds of marijuana each and their claim that Alford
owned the dope.

One of the drivers, Paul Preston, said that Alford carries a small
pistol in his pocket, and that he said he would not go back to prison.
He is on parole on the 1984 conviction for marijuana smuggling.

Preston said he had gone into Mexico with Alford and met his supplier, a
middle-aged man named "Manny."

Blankinship said that Manuel Acosta was Alford's supplier in the earlier
smuggling ring, was convicted along with him (and 16 others), and that
he had escaped from the federal prison camp at Big Spring.

Alford supplied the money to hire lawyers for the co-defendants in this
case, Blankinship said. And he was seen in Fort Worth at a nice house
where a search on Tuesday turned up 27 pounds of marijuana, a large
number of wrappings taken from bales of marijuana, plastic bags,
pictures of Alford inside the house with another man known to be a
convicted dope dealer and a pair of shorts, size 56.

Agents spoke with the neighbors, and their description of the house's
owner fits Alford, Blankinship said.

The neighbors also said the man who previously owned the house said he
sold it to a man who had a lot of money.

"This in the face of this man telling his parole officer he doesn't have
money," Blankinship said.

"Based on the amount of dope crossed, 2,600 pounds of marijuana, and -
if Preston is to be believed, there's three or four times as much that
Preston has been involved in...

"This is the biggest marijuana case we have had out here since Alford
got caught last time," Blankinship said. "He can't be trusted to tell
(court officers) the truth. He has shown a propensity to keep dealing
dope on a major scale and is a danger to the community.

"He says he is not going back to prison and carries a gun. He is hiring
lawyers, has a house in Fort Worth. He is a flight risk and a real
danger to the community," Blankinship summed up.

Carter said he has seen no evidence that Alford carries a gun, and that
Blankinship's informant can't be believed because he is trying to make a
better deal for himself.

Alford could not have touched or smelled the marijuana found in the
house in Fort Worth, because he has been in jail since his arrest two
months ago, Carter said. And the size 56 shorts could belong to the
other large man in the photos, Billy Romines.

Judge Bunton said that Alford was on parole on a state court conviction
at his earlier federal trial and is now on special parole from federal

"The time he is looking at would indicate to me he might well be a
flight risk," he said. "I don't think it would be a good idea to release
him on bond. I shall not do so."

He said trial is set for March 3, and "As you know, we don't grant
continuances, so it will go to trial."

Jury selection underway

in Texaco burglary case

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - Jury selection began this morning in 143rd
District Court for the second criminal trial this week before District
Judge Bob Parks.

Mingo Jimenez is charged with burglary of Amigo's Texaco. His attorney
is Jeff Parras.

Randy Reynolds is prosecutor for the state, assisted by investigator
Orlando Franco.

Responding to Reynolds' questions about their association with law
enforcement, many of the prospective jurors said they are either
officers themselves or are related to someone working at the police
department, sheriff's office, juvenile detention center, Reeves County
Detention Center or an area prison.

Internet has brief surge

after Simpson decision

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AP Cyberspace Writer
The big Web sites were primed for an onslaught. The president was giving
the State of the Union address just as a verdict in the O.J. Simpson
trial was expected. Would millions turn to the Internet for their news?

Not exactly. One of the biggest draws of the evening was talk show host
Rosie O'Donnell, who attracted 16,000 participants to a chat room on
America Online. Simpson's chat room had about 6,000, and just 500 people
logged on to talk about the State of the Union.

Many did log on to check out things online. CNN recorded 30,000 hits a
minute just as the verdict was announced. But it was short-lived.

``This was nothing like the levels we saw during the election,'' said
CNN's editor in chief Scott Woelfel.

Of the two breaking stories, it was clear what mattered most online:
CNN's home page feature story was the Simpson verdict; the State of the
Union address only warranted a headline slightly bigger than news of
Elizabeth Taylor's benign brain tumor.

Over at rival MSNBC, the Simpson headline got top billing and was larger
than the president's.

Pushing interactivity, MSNBC ran a moving marquee across the top of its
main news page, inviting readers to join in one of two chats devoted to
the verdict.

There, 350 participants at a time typed furiously, causing the scrolling
text to fly by so fast it was almost unreadable. The discussion was
still going strong early today, hours after the verdict came down.

The juxtaposition of different threads of conversation lent an
Alice-in-Wonderland air to the proceedings.

``But how can you say the plaintiff met the burden of proof when all the
evidence was not admitted?'' one visitor using the nickname Shelby asked
resident MSNBC legal expert Robert Tarver Jr.

Before he could answer, someone using the nickname O.J. popped in with a
question of his own.

``Can anybody lend me some money?

Jury holds O.J. liable in slayings

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Associated Press Writer
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - This time, it fit.

The accusations, the evidence, the once-unthinkable notion an amiable
ex-football star could slash two throats and leave his two young
children without a mother - it all struck a jury as true.

In a hot, stuffy courtroom full of reporters, cops and tears, a jury
decided it was payback time, and O.J. Simpson was to do the paying.

Jurors slapped Simpson with an $8.5 million judgment on Tuesday night,
deducing from evidence old and new that he was liable for the slashing
deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman the
night of June 12, 1994.

The decision didn't have to be unanimous, but it was: 12-0. And that was
just the beginning.

The jury's findings of malice and oppression triggered the second phase
to determine punitive damages - money assessed to punish Simpson. The
panel returns Thursday for a hearing on Simpson's financial status.

For relatives of the victims, the end of their painful 2½-year odyssey
drew near.

Shouts of ``Yes!'' rose in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
Afterward, the victims' sobbing relatives hugged each other and their

``We finally have justice for Ron and Nicole,'' said Fred Goldman, the
aggrieved father who doggedly pursued Simpson to civil court after
denouncing his October 1995 acquittal.

As the verdict was read, the 49-year-old Simpson stared straight ahead,
as one of his lawyers, Phillip Baker, gently patted his back. The
Simpson team then walked out of the courtroom and into a maelstrom.

Outside the building, a crowd estimated by police at 2,000 gathered and
chanted ``Killer, killer, killer'' before Simpson emerged to a mixture
of boos and cheers.

On his way home, he dashed into an ice cream shop to buy a cup of
chocolate cookie dough ice cream for his 11-year-old daughter, Sydney.

Reached by telephone later at his home, Simpson told The Associated
Press, ``I'm sitting with my kids right now,'' but he refused further

The timing of the verdict spared TV networks the choice of O.J. Simpson
or President Clinton, who was giving his State of the Union address. The
verdict, delayed more than three hours to allow lawyers and families to
get to the courthouse, came just as the president wrapped up his
hour-long speech.

At one point, Simpson's police-escorted trip to the courthouse in his
black Suburban was televised live nationally on a split screen just as
Clinton began his address.

Later, Clinton said: ``We have to respect the jury verdicts that
Americans bring in a situation like this.''

The $8.5 million represented the value of Goldman's funeral and the loss
of his companionship to his parents. Ms. Simpson's family did not seek
compensatory damages.

Ms. Simpson's parents filed a suit on behalf of her estate and also
demanded money from Simpson for fatally assaulting her. Any money
awarded will go to Sydney and her brother, 8-year-old Justin.

The verdict and its immediate aftermath proved, dramatically, how
different the civil trial was from the criminal trial, which divided the
nation over issues of police racism, domestic violence and the quality
of justice.

This time around, a mostly white jury used the lesser standard of
``preponderance of evidence'' rather than the ``beyond a reasonable
doubt'' standard the mostly black jury used in the first trial.

The civil trial was also conducted outside the camera's eye by lawyers
under a gag order, unlike the televised criminal trial.

Former Detective Mark Fuhrman was mostly a memory in the second trial
and Simpson was mostly on the defense, buckling under one adverse ruling
after another and having to sit, uncomfortably at times, in the witness

The defense, faced with the less friendly burden of proof, tried a
modified version of Johnnie Cochran Jr.'s famous ``If it doesn't fit,
you must acquit'' defense.

This time, it must have flopped.

``They feel that they didn't get him in the first time so they got him
in the second,'' said Leon Burton, a 37-year-old black minister in South
Central Los Angeles.

Across town at Brentwood's Mezzaluna restaurant, where Goldman worked
and where Ms. Simpson ate her last meal, stockbroker Vera Kaprielian
summed up much of the white reaction: ``It should have happened the
first time.''

After 13 hours of deliberations over three days - more than four times
as long as the criminal jury deliberated - the civil panel weighed some
three months of testimony and evidence, and rejected Simpson's claims of
faulty evidence and a police frame-up.

Instead, jurors - forced to start deliberations anew last Friday after a
juror was removed for misconduct - sided with the plaintiffs, agreeing
that the lawyers had placed Simpson's hands in a killer's gloves and his
feet in a killer's shoes.

The biggest, newest weapon this time were 31 pictures of Simpson wearing
the same model of Bruno Magli shoes that left bloody prints near the
bodies - shoes Simpson said he never owned.

Attention now turns to Simpson's precarious future. By all indications,
$8.5 million is more money than he has now - and may ever have. Indeed,
at the peak of his success, he was worth only a little more than that.

In divorce papers, Simpson listed his net worth at $10.8 million as of
Dec. 31, 1991. But he lost much of his fortune after racking up $3.5
million in legal fees during the criminal trial.

He still has at least $3 million, as well as money sheltered in pension
and retirement funds that can't be touched by the plaintiffs, Time
magazine and CNN have reported. The extent of his resources will be
explored in the punitive damages phase.

Simpson's team still has some fight left in it, as attorneys return to
court this afternoon for a hearing in which the defense will ask the
judge to bar testimony by two plaintiff witnesses about Simpson's

The major battle has been waged and lost, and the only question left in
this trial is not ``Did he do it?'' but ``How much more should he pay?''

Then come the inevitable appeal and post-trial squabbles between Simpson
and his new creditors, and perhaps even among plaintiffs on how to divvy
up the spoils.

That is light years away for the families of Goldman and Ms. Simpson.

At an emotional news conference, Goldman lawyer Daniel Petrocelli
declared: ``Ron would have been proud.''

Up Next for O.J.

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By The Associated Press

Now that a jury has determined O.J. Simpson was responsible for the
deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, what happens next?

-Attorneys return to court this afternoon for a hearing in which the
defense intends to challenge the testimony of two plaintiff witnesses
scheduled to testify in the punitive damages phase.

-That damages hearing is set for Thursday morning, featuring opening
statements and witnesses testifying about how much money Simpson has
and, if allowed by the judge, how much money Simpson stands to make in
the future.

-The lawyers will give another round of summations, with the plaintiffs
likely to argue for a huge monetary award to punish Simpson and hold him
up as an example. The defense likely will say Simpson has suffered

-The six-man, six-woman jury then retires for another round of
deliberations to determine a punitive damage award. There is no limit
for such an award in California, although excessive awards are often
overturned on appeal.

-In the longer term, Simpson attorneys will almost certainly appeal the
jury's verdict, contending that Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki
made numerous errors that robbed Simpson of a fair trial.


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Agustina Anchondo

Agustina Anchondo, 61, died Tuesday, Feb. 4 following a lengthy illness.
A rosary will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Martinez
Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Santa Rosa Catholic
Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born May 28, 1935 in San Juan, Chih., Mexico, was a lifetime
Pecos resident, a frozen food inspector and a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Juan Anchondo of Pecos; two sons,
Francisco Anchondo of Ojinaga, Mex., Jose Anchondo of Pecos; six
daughters, Rosa Holguin of Mesa, Ariz., Maria Castillo of Odessa; Lorena
Morales of Phoenix, Ariz., Virginia Franco, Elodia and Yvonne Anchondo
of Pecos; four brothers, Moises Ortega of Fort Worth, Eleuterio Ortega
of Hobbs, N.M., Manuela and Jose Maria Ortega of Ojinaga, Mex.; three
sisters, Manuela Carrasaco of Alpine, Timotea Gabaldon of Midland,
Elodia Carrasco of Crane; 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Amada Chavez

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Services are incomplete for Amada S. Chavez, 81, who died Monday, Feb. 3
in Galveston.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Gannaway

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Services for Wanda Baize Gannaway, 70, of Abilene, who died Tuesday,
will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel
of Memories, 542 Hickory, in Abilene with Paige Baize officiating.

Burial will be in Hamby Cemetery.

Gannaway was born in Tuxedo in Jones County, moved to Abilene in 1939,
and graduated from Abilene High School in 1944. She lived in Pecos from
1952 to 1962 when she returned to Abilene. She had lived in the Hamby

She was a homemaker and a member of the 19th and Clinton St. Church of

Survivors include one son, Lynn Gannaway of Big Spring; three daughters,
Carole Hamilton, Lana Jenkins and Sharon Hale of Abilene; three
brothers, Audie Baize of Tuxedo, Novel Baize of Baird, and Gayle Baize
of Coleman; one sister, Grace Box of Pecos; 15 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of the Big
Country, 3113 Oldham Lane, Abilene, Tx. 79602 or to the donor's favorite
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral


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PECOS, Feb. 5, 1997 - High Tuesday 59, low last night 42. Tonight, a
chance of rain. Cloudy with a low 35 40. East wind 5-15 mph. Rain chance
is 40 percent. Thursday, a chance of rain. Cloudy with a high in the mid
40s. East to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Rain chance is 50 percent.

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