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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 17, 2000- 7

men indicted on weapons
charges in school shooting

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Indictments
g nsealed yesterday accused three men of
deral weapons counts involving a pistol
police say a 6-year-old used in killing a
first-grade classmate.*
Grand jurors on Wednesday charged
Jamelle Andre James, Robert Lee Morris
Ill and Sir Marcus Winfrey, all of nearby
Mount Morris Township, with possessing
stolen firearms and being unlawful users of
marijuana in possession of firearms, U.S.
Attorney Saul Green said.
Authorities say Morris in December pos-
essed and sold a stolen .32-caliber semi-
automatic handgun that made its way into
the possession of James and Winfrey.
Prosecutors say that weapon ultimately
got into the hands of the 6-year-old boy
police say fatally shot classmate Kayla
Rolland on Feb. 29 in Buell Elementary
School in Mount Morris Township.
James, a friend of the boy's family, earli-
er had been charged with involuntary
manslaughter in Kayla's death for allegedly
*eaving the handgun within easy access of
the boy.
Genesee County prosecutors say investi-
gators believe the gun had been left under
James' blankets at the house where the boy
was staying with Winfrey, his uncle.

Since the shooting, Winfrey has been
jailed in Genesee County on unrelated, out-
standing warrants.
Morris, who had not been charged previ-
ously, was arraigned later yesterday in fed-
eral court on one indictment count of
possession and sale of the stolen pistol,
and one count of possession and sale of a
12-gauge shotgun found in a "flophouse"
where the boy had been staying.
Two other counts allege Morris unlaw-
fully used marijuana while in possession of
the firearms.
Morris posted S 10,000 secured bond and
was released to his father's custody. As
part of his release, Morris was ordered by
U.S. Magistrate Wallace Capel Jr. to wear
an electronic tether, spend weekends under
house arrest and remain home unless work-
ing his job part-time for a plumbing con-
struction business.
"If you fail to follow any of the condi-
tions of my bond," Capel told Morris, "I'm
revoking the conditions of bond, and you're
going to be locked up."
After his son's arraignment, Robert Lee
Morris 11 said his son was only a middle-
man in transactions involving the weapons
and that "I believe he's learned his lesson."
"He's a good kid, just made a mistake,"

the elder Morris said.
"If you hang out with a bunch of winos,
you're a wino," he said. "He hung around
with the wrong people. He made a mistake,
and now he's going to pay for it."
In the indictment returned Wednesday,
James and Winfrey are charged with two
counts alleging they possessed the stolen
handgun and shotgun, and unlawfully used
marijuana while possessing each of those
weapons.
Authorities have said the boy told them
he took the gun to school to scare Kayla.
Prosecutors have said they will not charge
the boy because he is too young to under-
stand his actions.
The indictment was unsealed after Mor-
ris' arrest yesterday morning at his resi-
dence, assistant federal prosecutor Robert
Haviland said in a statement.
Calls yesterday to Haviland were
referred to Gina Vitrano, spokeswoman for
Green's office. She declined to elaborate
about the indictment's charges.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms Special Agent Vera Fedorak said
the charges came following an investiga-
tion that focused on the home and any
adults who may have had illegal weapons
there.

AP PHOTO
Jack Hagen, 8, of .itchfield Park, Ariz., builds two snowmen in the backyard of his grandmother's
home in Traverse City yesterday.

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PROTEST
Continued from Page 1
Although TerHaar said the protest
did not cause the MIRLYN online
library catalog to overload, library
staffers spent much of the day
reshelving books that the group took
off shelves but did not check out.
She added that workers from other
University libraries helped in the
effort.
The library has about 190,000
books in circulation, Terl-laar said.
Circulation staff member Becky
Katzman, an LSA senior, said she
was concerned that the group of
graduate students was targeting the
undergraduate library.
"They are only checking out books
from the undergraduate library,
which is a collection of books geared
toward first- and second-year stu-
dents," Katzman said.

Hashimoto said
the undergraduate
the most attention.
TerHaar said the!
had a right to che
but said reshelving
day was difficult.
"They have v
cards," TerHaar sai
library does not pl
number of books
check out.
LSA junior Jos
looking up books c
ing the protest. "Ni
view may be on Mi
think it's right for t
lives of other stu
said.
Brentwood, Ten
Campion and his1
the University for a
terday and were at
the protest was occt

said Bruce Friedrich of PETA. "Our goal was always to
raise awareness about the suffering of cows and their calves,
and we've certainly done that."
PETA will give MADD $500 collected from employees and
include a link to MADD on its Website as goodwill gestures.
"As spring break and St. Patrick's Day is upon us, we hope
we helped save lives and prevented injuries due to underage
drinking and impaired driving by speaking out against the
campaign," MADD spokeswoman Tresa Hardt said.
The animal-rights group plans a different approach, using
an ad showing a calf modeled after the pictures of missing
children seen on the backs of milk cartons.
the group chose "It's free speech," the father said.
library to attract His son Tom said such protests
would not affect his decision to
group of students, attend the University. "It's a part of
ck out the books America, why not?"
the books in one Hashimoto said the group agrees
with the previous demands of the
alid borrowers Students of Color Coalition but
d, noting that the emphasized that they are a separate
ace a limit on the group.
a cardholder can SCC spokesperson Joe Reilly said
he appreciated the group's efforts but
h Hartman was did not know about the event until
on MIRLYN dur- yesterday afternoon.
o matter what:my "Just because the occupation is
chigamua, I don't over doesn't mean the fight for
hem to affect the equality is over," Reilly said.
dents," Hartman Michigamua spokesman Nick Del-
gado said he heard about the protest
n., resident Tom after it happened.
son Tom, visited "This type of action only impedes
campus tour yes- progress," Delgado said. "It's impor-
the library while tant for Michigamua to distance
urring. itself from the political rhetoric."
gural season in the league. Michigan swept the season's
only meetings by scores of 6-2 and 6-1.
But something can be said about being the hot team in
the tournament. And there is something to be said about
having the hot player. Nebraska-Omaha junior Jeff Hoggan,
who has been playing with a torn knee ligament since Janu-
ary, scored all three of the Mavericks' game-winning goals
in postseason play. He currently leads the league in game-
winning goals.
"It's the playoffs," freshman Andy Hilbert said. "They are
going to get up for it, they are on a really big high and they
will be unbelievable."
Fatigue could play against the Mavericks. The fact that
Nebraska-Omaha has traveled across four states and back in
the span of a week could factor into its play.
"The travel has taken its toll on us," Kemp said. "It's
hard since we've gotten out of our routine. We've been out
of that routine since last Thursday before we went to Mar-
quette. There was a large snowstorm, so we had to fly into
Green Bay and we missed our normal practice times. It's
been tough, but right now we're just going on adrenaline."
It's just another obstacle the Mavericks have overcome.
But it's the adrenaline that the Wolverines have to be careful
about.
"If they get down by three or four goals -that would dis-
courage them enough to realize that they are really, really
tired," Berenson said. "But if they are up two or three goals,
do you think they are going to get tired? There is no way.
Their eyes will be shining and they will fired up.

HOCKEY
Continued from Page 1
of the regular season.
At that point, the Mavericks had only a remote possibility
of returning to Omaha. But the team proved the workers -
and the doubters - wrong as it defeated fourth-seeded North-
ern Michigan in Marquette in the best-of-three first round
series of the playoff. Bowling Green's defeat of Lake Superior
allowed Nebraska-Omaha to host the play-in game.
"It was not until Sunday night at around nine that the
crew started putting the ice down again," Kemp said. "There
were 60-degree temperatures in Omaha last weekend so the
workers had to work from Sunday night straight until after
the game on Tuesday in order to get the ice under playable
conditions for the play-in game. They never left the center
in those two days."
But in order to shock the NCAA selection committee for
a bid on Sunday, the Mavericks must first beat the Wolver-
ines at Joe Louis Arena - a place Michigan is quite famil-
iar with but a venue that Nebraska-Omaha has never played
in before.
"Half of our kids have never even been to Detroit before"
Kemp said.
The winner of the Michigan-Nebraska-Omaha matchup
will face the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 5
Notre Dame game in the final tomorrow evening. .
Michigan is the only team in the 12-team CCHA that the
Mavericks have not beaten or tied in their impressive inau-

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