Top Morning Stories June 2, 2011
Funeral Services for Former Gov. Clements Today
Former Texas Governor William “Bill” Clements will be buried in a private ceremony in Dallas today. A public memorial service will be held after that at 4 this afternoon at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. Gov. Clements passed away Sunday at the age of 94. He served two terms as the governor of Texas and was the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
Texas Executes Man for Murdering Security Guard
The State of Texas executed Gayland Bradford last night. Bradford was put to death for robbing and fatally shooting a Dallas grocery store security guard in 1988. The victim was 29 year-old Brian Williams. The Texas Attorney General has more details:
Bradford entered a grocery store and shot store security guard Brian Williams in the back and took the guard’s gun while repeatedly shooting the guard as he lay on the floor. Bradford told an accomplice to take the fatally wounded guard’s money. The accomplice took seven dollars and some other personal items from the guard, including his hat and his pipe. Bradford and the accomplice left the store without taking anything else. The store’s security camera recorded these events. The guard died about an hour later. Bradford later confessed he went to the store “to get some money” and that he shot the guard.
Bradford was the fourth prisoner executed in the state this year.
Teen Charged For Injuring APD Officer
The 16-year-old who injured an Austin police officer with a car has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony, and evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle, a state jail felony. The suspect has been released from the hospital where he was recovering from a gunshot wound to his arm and is now booked into Gardner Betts Juvenile Center.
The other suspect who was in the car, Byron Carter, was fatally shot by Austin police officer Nathan Wagner. Police say Wagner fired shots because he feared for his partner's life. Wagner is on administrative leave.
AP: Lab Chief Told Feds of Suspicious Armstrong Test
The Associated Press is reporting that it has learned that the director of the Swiss anti-doping lab informed federal authorities last fall that cyclist Lance Armstrong's test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were "suspicious" and "consistent with EPO use." More details from the AP's Greg Risling:
Martial Saugy made the statement in September, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The revelation came to light Wednesday as attorneys for Armstrong demanded an on-air apology from CBS' "60 Minutes" after Saugy told a Swiss newspaper that the lab found suspicious levels of EPO, a blood-boosting drug, in four urine samples from the race Armstrong won. But Saugy said he didn't know if any belonged to the seven-time Tour de France winner. That was contrary to what he said in his statement made to officials from the FBI, the Food and Drug Administration and anti-doping authorities, the person familiar with the investigation told the AP. Though Saugy was not under oath, there are potential legal ramifications for lying to authorities working on a federal probe.