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TheMichigan Daily
Vol. XCII, No. 62-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, August 14, 1982 Ten Cents Twel
'SUNDAY MORNING SLASHER' CASE REMAINS OPEN
Police decline deal with Watts

ve Pages

By BILL SPINDLE
with wire reports
Ann Arbor law enforcement officials announced
yesterday they decided not to obtain a confession
from accused Houston murderer Coral Eugene
Watts relating to three unsolved Ann Arbor
slayings,.
Washtenaw County Prosecutor William Delhey
said he saw "no purpose" in granting Watts'
demand for immunity from prosecution in Ann Ar-
bor in return for information that could close the
files on the 1980 "Sunday morning slasher" murders
of three local women.
IMMEDIATELY after Watts' arrest in May for
the attempted murder of two Houston women, Ann
Arbor Police sent two special investigators to
Houston to question Watts, who has implicated him-
self in as many as 22 murders stretching from
Texas to Canada.
In an agreement with Houston authorities, Watts
pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary with intent to
commit murder and plea-bargained for a 60-year
sentence in exchange for his cooperation in solving
as many as 11 murders in the Houston area.

Earlier this week, Watts led Harris County, Texas
officials to two shallow graves containing bodies of
women he confessed to killing.
WATTS HAS offered to help solve, 11 other mur-
ders in Austin and Galveston, Texas; Ann Arbor,
Detroit, Kalamazoo and Southfield, Michigan; and
Windsor, Ontario in exchange for immunity from
prosecution in those areas.
Delhey said that under Texas law the 60-year sen-
tence is not long enough to convince him to grant
Watts immunity in the Ann Arbor killings.
"In view of the fact that a 60-year sentence can be
parolable in twenty years ... and with special good
time it is possible he could be out in 12 years," said
Delhey, "it was felt that granting of immunity for
the homicides occurring in Ann Arbor was not
warranted or justified."
IF IT COULD be guaranteed that Watts would
serve the full 60-year sentence, Delhey said he
would give "favorable consideration" to the plea-
bargain agreement.
Delhey said part of the reason for his refusal to
grant Watts immunity was that all the bodies of the
See ANN ARBOR, Page 4

Leo Kelly
sentenced to

life in
By GEORGE ADAMS
Leo Kelly, sentenced to life in prison
yesterday for killing two University
students, told a packed courtroom he
was treated unfairly by "a white, racist
judicial system."
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge Ross Campbell told Kelly, a 23-.
year-old native of Detroit, "You are
sentenced to be placed in solitary con-
finement, with hard labor, for the rest
of your natural life."
KELLY, A former University
student, was convicted June 21 on two
counts of first-degree murder for the
Good Friday, 1981 slayings of fellow
students Douglas McGreaham of
Caspian and Edward Siwik of Detroit.
Defense attorney William Waterman
told Campbell he plans to motion for a
new trial and said he will appeal the
decision whether or not a new trial is
granted.

prison
"I assure you," Waterman told
reporters after the sentencing, "this
case will be tried again."
IN A 20-MINUTE statement after his
sentencing, Kelly told the court he was
disappointed with the trial.
"These may be my last words as a
United States citizen, so I hope you'll
hear them," Kelly told a hushed cour-
troom. "I am disappointed, but I expec-
ted too much when I expecteda fair and
impartial trial."
Kelly said his rights were violated
during the proceedings when he was
forced to submit to a polygraph test
against his will. He also charged that
the trial should have been moved out-
side of Washtenaw County and that the
jury was prejudiced against him.
CALLING HIS insanity defense "a
character assassination," Kelly
claimed he was not mentally ill. "I feel
See LEO, Page 5

Balancing act
Lester Green and Greg Kmznglfdski peer through the rafters yesterday at a
construction site on Huron Street.

All good things ...
This is it, the last issue of the summer Michigan Daily. September
9, the Daily will revert back to its full-size format and continue its
coverage of University, national and internationalissues as Ann
Arbor's only morning newspaper. Until then, so long.

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