- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 3, 2004

Children’s court to hear case of slayings

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his family on newsman Sam Donaldson’s ranch will be tried in children’s court, a judge has ruled.

Cody Posey, 14, is charged with fatally shooting his stepsister, his stepmother and his father, who managed Mr. Donaldson’s Chavez Canyon Ranch.

The teenager still could be subject to adult penalties if convicted, District Attorney Scot Key said. Prosecutors have filed a notice in court to preserve the option of seeking an adult sentence.

Messages left for Cody’s attorney were not immediately returned Friday.

Cody, who relatives say suffered years of verbal and physical abuse, told police he shot his family after his father slapped him for not cleaning horse stalls fast enough, according to an affidavit.

Missing woman’s body found in Utah landfill

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify the body of a young Utah woman found in a landfill Friday as Lori Hacking, who has been missing since late July. Police believe she was killed by her husband.

“It means everything to us to find Lori’s mortal remains so that we might lay them to rest with dignity,” Mrs. Hacking’s parents, Eraldo and Thelma Soares, said in a statement.

The discovery occurred on the 33rd working day of a search of 4,600 tons of garbage. During the past weeks, investigators used cadaver dogs and garden rakes to comb through the trash.

Mrs. Hacking, 27, an assistant stock broker, had not been seen since July 18. Her husband, Mark Hacking, 28, reported her missing the following day.

Another hurricane forms over Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Lisa became a hurricane again yesterday over the northern Atlantic, but forecasters said it didn’t threaten land and expected it to weaken over the day.

Hurricane Lisa had top sustained winds of 75 mph, just above the 74-mph threshold to become a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Forecasters expect the hurricane to weaken and lose its tropical characteristics as it moves over colder waters in the northern Atlantic.

Lisa, which also became a hurricane briefly on Friday, was the 12th named storm and eighth hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

L.A. police say chief can’t carry seized gun

LOS ANGELES — The police department’s anti-terrorism chief was not authorized to carry the type of handgun that airport authorities seized during a routine search of his baggage last month, police said.

John Miller, an ABC-TV reporter before he was hired for the security job, was off duty and traveling to New York to tape a farewell message for Barbara Walters, his retiring former “20/20” co-host, when officials discovered a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in his bag.

Mr. Miller told officials he forgot the gun was in his bag and he was allowed to continue to New York without the weapon. But police said Friday that Mr. Miller was not authorized to carry the Smith & Wesson because of a paperwork error.

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