- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2007

ALABAMA

Ex-trooper likely to be tried in spring

MARION — A former state trooper charged with murder in the 1965 fatal shooting of a black man at a civil rights protest will likely be tried next spring, the judge said yesterday.

James Bonard Fowler, 73, is accused of fatally wounding Jimmie Lee Jackson when law officers disrupted a protest march in Marion on Feb. 18, 1965.

Mr. Jackson’s killing led to historic voting rights protests at Selma.

Circuit Judge Tommy Jones said he would hold a conference call Friday to set dates for motion hearings and possibly the trial. Limitations in the rural court’s schedule mean Mr. Fowler’s case will likely be set for early spring, he said.

Mr. Fowler, a Geneva farmer who has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail, contends he fired when Mr. Jackson tried to grab his gun during a struggle in a cafe where a number of protesters had fled.

Defense attorney George Beck has filed motions to dismiss the indictment and, if a trial is held, to move it from Marion. Key witnesses that could confirm Mr. Fowler’s account have died, Mr. Beck said.

ARIZONA

University employees abusing credit cards?

PHOENIX — State university employees are using school-issued credit cards at a new high rate. The purchases at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have tripled over four years, reaching $147 million last year with 5,725 cards in circulation.

Records show that since 2000, the universities have caught at least 13 employees misusing a total of nearly $112,000.

ARKANSAS

Passenger forces bus off road, tries to flee

KERR — A Greyhound bus careened off a highway after a passenger who had been acting erratically grabbed for the steering wheel, police said. The woman tried to flee, but fellow passengers chased her down.

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