THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, June 9, 1977
Judge drops 8 VA charges
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the defendants' proximity to the
victims, and "the factor of ade-
The judge said "sufficient
(evidence) has been induced" in
regard to six of the poisoning
victims. For two others, Pratt
said although the counts were
"lacking in proximity" and tim-
ing the defendants' "unexplain-
ed presence had not been ade-
quately accounted for."
"WE COME now to the (Em-
mett) Lutz, (Joseph) Brown, and
(Howard) Leslie counts," Pratt
said. "The court finds that there
is not significant evidence to let
the counts go to the jury."
Narciso and Perez were orig-
inally charged with poisoning
Lutz, and murdering Brown by
injecting the muscle relaxant
drug Pavulon into their intra-
venous medication (IV).
The defendants were not di-
rectly charged with poisoning
Leslie, but his death was one of
tae "overt acts."
Pratt concluded his remarks
by repeating "my role in the
proceeding should not imply any
personal view as to guilt or in-
NARCISO a n d Perez, sat
quietly while the judge read his
decision. The nurses, together
with their attorneys held a brief
conference later outside the
Federal Building and U.S. Court-
house, with Narciso telling re-
porters "I'm very pleased about
the judge's decision."
In answer to one question,
Narciso said, "I'm still holding
up good. I'm still confident,"
Defense at to r n ey Thomas
O'Brien later announced Narci-
so would be the first defense wit-
ness when the trial resumes to-
"I THINK we all feel that the
best thing we have going for us
in the case is Filipina Narciso
and Leonora Perez," he said.
"Once the jury has a chance to
see them and hear them, there
certainly isn't going to be any
question in their minds."
Federal Prosecutor Richard
Yanko, the U.S. attorney in
charge of the case, told report-
ers he was unstymied by the dis-
missals yesterday. "The deci-
sions were within the perimeters
of our expectations," Yanko
Yanko felt the dismissal would
not hurt the government's case,
adding it was still there "in
"WE'RE NOT' disheartened,
we're not disconcerted, we will
be able to get a conviction,"
Assistant U.S. attorney Rich-
ard Delonis added to Yanko's
remarks, saying "the important
thing is that all the remaining
counts carry a life sentence."
Although it was regarded as a
major defense v i c t or y, FBI
agent Richard Guttler, one of
the investigating agents, was
overheard commenting on why
Judge Pratt dismissed court at
Guttler said, "He has to give
the press time to savor their
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