- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Serial killer Lucas dies in prison

HUNTSVILLE, Texas Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the one-eyed drifter who confessed to hundreds of murders across the nation but later recanted, has died behind bars at 64.
Lucas, the only man spared from a Texas death sentence by then-Gov. George W. Bush, died Monday night at the prison system's Ellis Unit, where he was serving six life sentences plus 210 years for nine slayings.
A lifelong smoker whose fingers used to be stained tobacco-orange, Lucas suffered from a number of illnesses over the years. He complained of chest pains and was taken to the infirmary, where his heart stopped, prison spokesman Larry Fitzgerald said.

General says Osprey may be scrapped

The Marine Corps' top general said yesterday he would not hesitate to drop the troubled V-22 Osprey aircraft program if an independent review determines its tilt-rotor technology is unsafe.

Gen. James L. Jones added, however, that moving from the Osprey, with its unique hybrid qualities of both a helicopter and an airplane, to existing helicopters would amount to "going backward."

"We would do that only in extremis," he told a defense forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank.

Two Osprey crashes last year killed 23 Marines.

Prosecutors tell jurors Algerian was terrorist

LOS ANGELES An Algerian man accused of participating in a thwarted plot by Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden to bomb U.S. millennium sites is a terrorist whose arrest averted tragedy, a federal prosecutor told jurors as his trial opened yesterday.
But defense attorneys argued that Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested while crossing the U.S.-Canadian border in December 1999 in a car loaded with explosives, was an unwitting courier and not a dangerous bomber.
Mr. Ressam, 33, is accused of plotting to bomb millennium celebrations around the United States.

Bush may speed up clemency for teen

MIAMI Gov. Jeb Bush said yesterday he will consider speeding up the clemency process for Lionel Tate, the 14-year-old boy serving a life-without-parole sentence for beating a little girl to death.
Prisoners are not normally eligible for clemency until they have served two years. But the governor can waive that requirement and also order the request expedited. For clemency to be granted, the governor and at least three of the six independently elected members of the state Cabinet must agree.
Tate was sentenced Friday to life in prison the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder for the 1999 slaying of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick. Tate contended he accidentally killed the girl while imitating pro wrestlers, but a jury rejected that defense.

Lawmakers reintroduce flag amendment

A measure that would give the American flag constitutional protections was reintroduced in Congress yesterday, one year after its defeat in the Senate by four votes.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, chief sponsor of the amendment, said the renewed drive to prohibit desecration of the flag would be "a step toward reorienting our moral compass."

Victims testify on embassy blasts

NEW YORK Victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania testified yesterday about the horror of seeing people burned beyond recognition in the explosion.

Elizabeth Slater, an information specialist with the State Department, told jurors of seeing a guard barely clinging to life.

"He didn't have any skin left," Miss Slater said as she described the bombing of Aug. 7, 1998.

The testimony came as prosecutors finished presenting evidence about the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and began outlining the attack in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that left 11 dead and 86 injured.

The nearly simultaneous bombings killed 224 persons in all, including 12 Americans, all of whom died in the Nairobi attack. The twin blasts are blamed on Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, who landed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List after the bombings.

If convicted, Wadih Hage, 40, and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, 36, could face life sentences, while Mohamed Rashed Daoud Owhali, 24, and Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 27, could face the death penalty. All four are accused of following bin Laden.


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