- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2001

Court urged to allow Ohio to execute killer

Ohio asked the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to throw out a "baffling" delay in the execution of a killer who has chosen the electric chair over injection.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied John W. Byrd Jr.'s requests to re-examine his appeal on Monday.

But the execution was postponed from 10 a.m. yesterday until Oct. 8 because one judge asked for more time for the full court to study the case.

Woman charged in daughters' deaths

ZEELAND, Mich. — Two young sisters were found fatally stabbed in the neck and chest in a bedroom of their home. Their mother has been charged with murder.

Tracy Camburn, 38, was arraigned Tuesday.

Police said they found the bodies of Candice Camburn, 10, and Kimberly Camburn, 5, Monday night after their father phoned police to tell them he believed his ex-wife had killed their daughters.

Police would not say what prompted his suspicions or whether Tracy Camburn had threatened him regarding their children.

Publicist pleads not guilty in crash

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A New York publicist accused of backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd and injuring 16 persons pleaded not guilty yesterday to a 26-count indictment.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Grubman has apologized for the July 7 incident at the Conscience Point Inn, a trendy Southhampton nightclub on New York's Long Island, saying it was an accident.

The charges include vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Miss Grubman, who has represented celebrities like Britney Spears, faces four to eight years in prison if convicted.

She remains free on $25,000 bail and is due back in court next month.

Poundstone reaches plea agreement

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Comedian Paula Poundstone accepted a plea agreement yesterday that ends her child abuse case and clears her of lewd conduct charges.

The 41-year-old former star of the game show "To Tell the Truth" pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor inflicting injury on a child, according to her publicist, Allan Mayer.

"The lewd conduct charges against me were dropped because they weren't true," Poundstone said in a written statement. "I pled no contest to the child endangerment-injury charges because they were. My drinking helped to create a dangerous situation for the children. For this, I am very sorry."

Poundstone accepted the prosecutor's sentencing recommendation of five years supervised probation.

Einhorn requests new murder trial

PHILADELPHIA — Convicted killer Ira Einhorn yesterday requested a new trial and his attorneys asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to determine whether the 1998 state law that allows him to apply for that third trial is constitutional.

Einhorn, 61, bludgeoned to death his ex-girlfriend, Holly Maddux, in 1977 but disappeared before trial in 1981.

In 1993, he was convicted in absentia and sentenced to life in prison.

Einhorn wants a third trial "where he can be present, proffer a defense, [and] have his name cleared and vindicated," according to a petition filed by his lawyer Norris Gelman.

The former hippie guru was discovered living in France in 1997.

Convicted murderer escapes from prison

BEAUMONT, Texas — A convicted murderer serving a life term escaped from a state prison yesterday and was believed to have stolen a pickup truck that contained a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

Harold Laird, 26, should be considered armed and dangerous, said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Fitzgerald.

Laird was convicted of killing a man in a 1992 beating and shooting case.

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