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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCI, No. 36-S FREE ISSUE Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 9, 1981 FREE ISSUE Sixteen Pages
Kelly able to stand trial
Students, police testify at
Bursley slaying pre-trial

Leo Kelly, the defendant in the mur-
der of two University students at Bur-
sley Hall last April, was found to be
competent to stand trial at the pre-trial
examination held yesterday.
Judge S.J. Elden, of the 15th District
Court, made the determination after
reviewing the report of a forensic
psychiatric examination Kelly was
given at the request of his defense at-
torney, William Waterman.
KELLY, A 22-year-old psychology
major, has been accused of murdering
Edward Siwik, 19, of Detroit, and
Douglas McGreaham, 21, of Caspian, in
a 6th floor Bursley hallway. The two
students were gunned down as they at-
tempted to warn residents of a fire set
after Kelly allegedly threw a firebomb
down the hall early that morning.
Testimony was given in court yester-
day by four University students who
lived in Bursley, one of whom was a
Resident Director.
Also taking the stand was the
)M physician who performed thewautopsy
on one of the murder victims, and three
state police crime laboratory officers.
THE TESTIMONY of the students,
called by Assistant Prosecuting Attor-

ney Brian Mackie, pieced together the
events surrounding the shootings.
Michael Neumann, a resident of 6th
Douglas, the wing where the incident
occurred, said he was awake typing a
paper at about 5:30 a.m. and saw Kelly
run out of his room with a "flaming bot-
He said he then saw Kelly throw the
bottle, which hit the floor and then
struck him. After it hit the floor,
Neumann said, "the whole end of th4
hall was in flames."
NEUMANN SAID he later went to get
a security guard after seeing that the
fire alarm had been pulled.
A resident director of Bursley,
Rebecca Bradley, said she was woken
up by the alarm, which specifically
sounds in her room and in the hall. She
said she met Resident Advisors Doug
McGreaham, who was later shot, and
Randy Moon, who went with her down
the hall.
Bradley said she heard two "fire-
cracker" type noises, then saw Siwik,
the second murder victim, lying on the
floor with a hole in his upper right
ANOTHER 6TH Douglas resident,
See STUDENTS, Page 2

Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTR
LEO KELLY, ACCUSED of killing two University students last April, walks
into 15th District Court, where the pre-trial examination for his case was
held yesterday. Kelly has been charged with the Good Friday slayings of two
University students in a Bursley dormitory hallway.

Taiwanese here fear murder

Daily staff reporter
Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily
The alleged murder in Taiwan of a former Univer-
sity Ph.D student in statistics is making waves in
several different states across the country, and may
have international repercussions as well.
The eventual consequences of his death may reflect
hack again to their point of origin: the University's
student population from the Republic of China (or
Assistant Prof. Chen Wen-Chen, 31, who worked
most recently at Carnegie Mellon University in Pen-
nsylvania after leaving Ann Arbor, was found dead in
Taipei, Taiwan Friday. Latest reports say his wife
and one-year-old son are still under house arrest in
the Taiwanese capital. Several State Department of-
ficials, along with Amnesty International have been
notified and are trying to get the wife of Chen and his
child, who is an American citizen, out of the country.
The reason for Chen's death is not apparent, though
several sources said they believe his death was
"politically motivated." Earlier reports from the
Taiwanese government said Chen might have com-
mitted suicide, though a recent autopsy questions
that, and the official statement in the Central Daily
News in Taipei said the reason for his death is under

Link between 'U'
group and secret
police alleged
COMMUNITIES OF at least three major college
campuses - the University of Minnesota, Carnegie
Mellon University, and the University of Michigan -
are directly affected by the recent mysterious death
of Chen, and the words "secret agents" surface in
many conversations about it.
Whether Chen was politically active against the
ruling Kuomintang (KMT) government of Taiwan is
debatable. His faculty advisor while at the Univer-
sity, Statistics Prof. Bruce Hill, doubted Chen would
have had enough time for political activities.
"HE WAS AN outstanding student - the best that
I'd seen in statistics in 21 years," said Hill, adding
that with Chen's involvement in research and with

school work he doubted Chen had much time for any
political activities.
However, in a move which a friend of Chen's said
he later regretted, the former University student
came to The Michigan Daily along with a group of
Taiwanese students five years ago to reveal the
names of suspected KMT secret agents working at
the University.
Because of a lack of evidence, this newspaper
decided not to publish the story. Friends of Chen deny
that this incident had any effect on his alleged mur-
der. The ultimate cause still is unknown, though
students here claim there is evidence that KMT agen-
ts are, in fact, in the student community keeping
track of the activities of Taiwanese students and
reporting any "deviations" back to Taipei.
THERE IS A certain fear among the Taiwanese at
the University about speaking out publicly against
the government or the KMT agents. Of the 10
Taiwanese students interviewed for this story, all but
one wished to remain anonymous for fear there would
be retributions on themselves or their families in
The same situation was evident at the University of
Minnesota, who had a former sociology student, Rita
Yeh, convicted in Taiwan "for spreading Communist
ideology in microfilms and notebooks." She was con-


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