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May 09, 1981 - Image 7

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The Michigan Dily-Saturday; May 9, 1981-Page 7

'U' official's murder

conviction
LANSING (UPI)-The Michigan
Court of Appeals upheld the conviction
of a mentally troubled administrator
yesterday who gunned down a rival in a
highly publicized 1978 murder at the
University of Michigan's famous
Neuropsychiatric Institute.
The appeals court said there was
adequate evidence that William James
Aparicio planned the slaying of Donald
Koos-a man he feared would take
away his job-to justify submitting that
issue to a Washtenaw County Jury.
APARICIO WAS found mentally ill
but guilty of second-degree murder in
the case.
According to court records,
Aparicio-a nine-year veteran of the in-
stitute-had been feuding with Koos for
some time before the shooting oc-
curred.
Aparicio, 47 at the time of the killing,
had vied with Koos for the same
position only to be dropped from con-
sideration. In addition, Aparicio's
responsibilities had been diminished by
the hiring of Koos, according to court
testimony.
ON THE DAY of the killing, July 31,
1978, Aparicio reportedly pulled a gun
from a drawer and stuck it under his
waistband. He had a confrontation with
Koos in a hallway and fired five times,
Reagan's
new budget
spurs city
reaction
(Continued from Page 3)
With students getting less financial
aid because of the federal cuts, they
may be forced to double up when ren-
ting apartments in order to reduce rent
payments, Boyer said. This would
result in a higher vacancy rate in cam-
pus area housing, which in turn would
force rents down, she explained.
Boyer noted, however, that the new
budget is forcing University housing
costs to rise. University town houses
are scheduled to go up about $22 a mon-
th starting in July, she said.
DIRECTOR OF CETA Harold Turner
said Reagan's plan will mean an end to
the Public Service Employee program,
a city program that uses federal money
to pay the salaries of public employees.
The 13 people who are currently em-
ployed through this program will
hopefully be found jobs in Ann Arbor's
private sector, Turner said.

upheld
later telling officers the victim had
"threatened to take his job away and he
could not allow that," the appeals court
said.
Aparicio's attorneys claimed
Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Ross
Campbell erred in denying a defense
motion to dismiss first-degree murder
charges for lack of evidence the crime
was premeditated.
"The jury could have concluded there
was hostility between defendant and
the deceased arising from defendant's
fear that he would lose his job as a
result of actions taken by the
deceased," the court said.
It also said evidence of a pause bet-
ween the second and third shots in-
dicated Aparicio had time for a "second
look" before completing the job, and
noted he appeared calm after the
shooting.
"We believe that evidence of the
defendant's actions after the murder
could support a finding that the killing
was committed with premeditation and
deliberation," the court said.
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