- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 9, 2005

Alabama governor to seek re-election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gov. Bob Riley said yesterday he will seek re-election, setting up a hotly contested Republican primary against ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Mr. Moore announced his plans to run for governor Monday in Gadsden, where he first gained national recognition for his legal fight to display the Ten Commandments in his courthouse.

The two will meet in the Republican primary June 6, but the field may grow soon. State Sen. Harri Anne Smith said she will decide in December whether to seek the Republican nomination.

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley and former Gov. Don Siegelman are seeking the nomination.

Girl, 9, pleads guilty to manslaughter

NEW YORK — A 9-year-old girl pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday, admitting she fatally stabbed her 11-year-old playmate after a tug-of-war over a rubber ball.

The girl, identified by the city only as Shanice K., admitted she stabbed Queen Washington once in the chest at a Memorial Day gathering in Brooklyn, the city said in a statement after the proceeding.

Judge Jane Pearl ordered that Shanice remain in a non-secure setting pending sentencing. She also ordered an investigation into the child’s background.

Man gets 6 years in girl’s disappearance

DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for his role in the 1999 disappearance of a young girl as the girl’s parents pleaded in court for him to reveal where she was buried.

Christian Gabriel, 34, was convicted of corpse abuse and evidence tampering.

As the judge sentenced him to the maximum penalty, Gabriel began cursing, saying the verdict was based on lies. Several deputies removed him from the courtroom.

Prosecutors said Gabriel confessed to investigators, admitting he was in a van that struck 9-year-old Erica Baker and then buried the girl’s body.

Erica vanished while walking her dog near her home in suburban Kettering. Her body has never been found. No one has been charged in her death.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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