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Page 4-Tuesday, May 12, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Child molesting
trial begins for
Pfc. Garwood

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The
trial of Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood on
charges of molesting a 7-year-old girl
began yesterday in Superior Court with
his lawyers disputing a prosecutor's
statements that Garwood has been
linked to assaults on several other
children.
Judge Robert Rouse Jr. granted a
defense motion to allow attorneys to
question potential jurors individually so
they could be asked about District At-
torney William Andrews' statements
without spreading the information to
the entire panel.
AFTER MORE THAN four hours of
questioning potential jurors yesterday,
defense and prosecution lawyers had
interviewed only nine people, including
three former Marines. Questioning is to
resume at 9 a.m. today.

Garwood, convicted by a military
jury of collaborating with the enemy
while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is
accused of molesting the daughter of a
friend while he was taking her home
from a church function last Aug. 7.
He is free on $10,000 bond and has
pleaded innocent to. charges of first-
degree sexual offense, attempted rape,
attempted first-degree se;xual offense
and taking indecent liberties with a
minor.
ONE OF GARWOOD'S lawyers,
Vaughn Taylor, presented newspaper
articles quoting Andrews as saying he
knew of several other children whomay
have been molested by Garwood.
Taylor said investigators have said
there was only one other child allegedly
involved, "not a lot of children."
He added: "We don't want jurors
thinking that there are a host of these
children out there whom Bobby Gar-
wood allegedly molested."
Before beginning questioning,
lawyers on both sides decided that to
speed up jury selection, they would in-
terview 12 prospective jurors at once
instead of taking them individually.
Others in the 35-member jury panel
were asked to leave the courtroom.
DEFENSE LAWYERS released a
list of possible witnesses, including
Marine Capt. Lewis Olshin, one of Gar-
wood's attorneys in his court-martial,
and Donna Long, a Jacksonville widow
with whom Garwood lives.

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In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Presss International reports
Executed soldier Slovik's
case may be reopened
MOUNT CLEMENS-The Army would consider reopening the 36-year-old
case of Pvt. Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier shot for desertion since
the Civil War, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday, after a retired major
claimed he can prove Slovik was unjustly executed.
Slovik, a Detroit native, was shot by a firing squad in 1945, after being
found guilty of deserting hisunit twice under combat conditions.
Retired Army Major Edward Woods said a document he obtained says
Slovik did not confess to deserting, but merely stayed in his foxhole after the
rest of his unit moved out.
"The . . . incident should have been classified as being absent without
leave," Woods said. "They (the Army) shot Eddie, then realized their
mistake. That's why this document was kept from the public."
German state minister
shot to death as he slept
FRANKFURT, West Germany-A gunman perched atop a stepladder
pumped four bullets through a bedroom window into a. sleeping state
economics minister early yesterday in what appeared to be West Germany's
first political murder since a 1977 wave of leftist terror.
A federal prosecutor's office spokesman said the murder of Heinz Karry,
61, was believed to be a "political" or "terrorist-inspired" act because of
Karry's position.
Late yesterday a newspaper said its editorial office received a telephone
call from a man claiming to represent "The Movement of the Third
Reich"-using the name of Adolf Hitler's World War II Nazi regime in the
group's title. The caller reportedly said other killings would follow.
During the anti-Jewish campaigns of the Naze era Karry had been forced
to do manual labor because his father was Jewish.
Accused opera house killer
admits lying on tape,
NEW YORK-A videotape played yesterday at the murder trial of Craig
Crimmins showed the ex-stagehand admitting he lied to police about his
whereabouts the nighta violinist was kicked to her death from the roof of the
Metropolitan Opera House.
Crimmins, charged with the second-degree murder and rape of Helen'
Hagnes Mintiks, 31, made the admissions by answering "yes" to a series of
questions abouta written confession he had previously given to police.
The Aug. 17, 1980, videotape is the first of two such tapes the prosecution
will introduce as evidence at the state supreme court trial.
In the second tape, Crimmins admits meeting the violinist in a backstage
elevator last July 23, attempting to rape her, and then kicking the bound and
gagged woman to her death from the roof.
Sinkhole continues to devour
small Florida community
WINTER PARK, Fla.-The giant sinkhole that invaded a small Florida
city continued to crumble, devouring most of a normally busy thoroughfare
yesterday.
By Sunday, the pit had devoured a three-bedroom house, five Porsches, a
camper from the auto'dealership, most of a municipal swimming pool, parts
of three streets, and several trees.
A geology expert said sinkholes develop when the water table drops and
removes some of the support of the sandy soil. The weight of the sand, he
said, crumbles parts of the area's subterranean limestone caverns, and as
the sand flows to the cavern floors, the ground above collapses.
City Commissioner Dave Johnston estimated property losses would.top $2
million, and said the governor's office was sending a representative to check
out the sinkhole. The city will try to get state and federal aid, he said.
Court rules casinos
cannot ban card counters
TRENTON, N.J.-Atlantic City's gambling houses cannot ban card coun-
ters from playing blackjack, a state appeals court ruled yesterday.
The unanimous appeals court ruling said the New Jersey Casino Control
Commission alone has the power to set admission standards for the casinos.
The three-judge panel further said it was not deciding whether a commission
ban on card counters would be legal.
Card counters use complex mental systems to keep track of what cards
have been played, and bet large sums of money once they feel the deck is
favorable.
New Jersey casino officials will have to seek changes in blackjack rules or
eliminate blackjack if the court decision is not overturned.

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