- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 10, 2005

Statements open in deer hunter trial

HAYWARD, Wis. — A deer hunter charged with killing five men and a woman felt physically threatened as the other men tormented him with racial insults in a confrontation over trespassing, his attorney told a jury yesterday.

Chai Soua Vang started shooting because he thought another hunter fired first, attorney Steve Kohn said during the opening day of Mr. Vang’s trial.

Mr. Vang, 36, is also accused of wounding two other men in the confrontation last fall.

The Hmong immigrant is charged with six counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the Nov. 21 shootings in northwestern Wisconsin. If convicted, he faces mandatory life in prison.

Police show student photo of dead dad

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A 12-year-old student saw her father’s remains in a photograph of a drunken-driving crash during a police presentation on the dangers of mixing alcohol and operating a motor vehicle.

The girl’s mother, Marla Cabbage Higginbotham, said her daughter was traumatized by the experience last month at the Holston Middle School. Her attorney has urged the Knox County Law Director’s office to investigate.

The girl’s father was shown lying in a pool of blood with a crushed skull and mutilated face and torso, Mrs. Higginbotham said.

High school golfers struck by lightning

ANACONDA, Mont. — Lighting struck a high school golf tournament Friday, injuring four of the players, including a 14-year-old boy who was directly hit.

The 14-year-old, Brandon Nelson, had burns on his shoulder and back, said his aunt, Amy Joyner. Brandon and two other players were hospitalized in stable condition; the fourth player was released.

Anaconda High School golf coach Mark Torney said the storm came up quickly and there was no time to take shelter.

Man charged in fire that killed 4

PITTSBURGH — A man has been charged with starting a fire in a duplex that killed a mother and her three children.

Frederick Anthony Robinson, 51, was charged Friday with counts including criminal homicide and arson, state police Lt. Scott Neal said.

The Sept. 2 fire killed Crystal M. Johnson, 41; Rebecca J. White, 11; Jacob J. Patrono, 5, and Cynthia Johnson, 2. All died of smoke inhalation.

Mr. Robinson was a longtime friend of Miss Johnson’s and lived in a hotel about three blocks from the family’s house, Lt. Neal said.

Mr. Robinson remained jailed Friday. A jail official said he did not know whether Mr. Robinson had an attorney.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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