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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, April 26, 1999
Bigham on trial for girlfriend's slaying
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - Jury selection began this morning in the murder
trial of Christopher John Bigham, 36, of Washington State.
Bigham is accused of shooting his girlfriend, Lora Ann Brooks, on Dec.
1, 1997 at his 20-acre "ranch" on the Pecos River.
He was arrested Aug. 19, 1998 after Brooks' parents reported to the
FBI that their daughter was missing and that Bigham had returned to Washington
state with her three children.
Bigham later admitted to Texas Ranger Jerry Villalobos that he shot
Brooks in self defense and burned her body in a barrel.
A Department of Public Safety dive team retrieved a barrel from the
Pecos River, and pathologists determined that debris in the barrel contained
bones of two human toes.
Brooks' daughter, Anna Martin, 14, is one of several witnesses subpoenaed
to testify during the 143rd District Court trial, which Judge Bob Parks
said may take two days.
Bigham's attorneys, Adrian and Brian Chavez, have said they may raise
the insanity defense. Anticipating that, Judge Parks earlier ordered a
psychiatric examination of the defendant to determine if he was sane at
the time of the shooting.
District Attorney Randy Reynolds and his assistant, Lisa LaPlant, are
prosecuting for the state.
Local marshal gets into foreign affairs
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - Nine years after entering the U.S. Marshal
service, deputy marshal Billy K. Johnson made his first international extradition
trip last week, returning a suspect wanted for murder to Ector County.
Johnson and deputy Bob Quinn of El Paso left Monday for Frankfurt, Germany,
where they spent two days in the cold, rainy climate.
"I was definitely glad to see West Texas," Johnson said of his arrival
at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Johnson said he enjoyed the trip and "I would like to do it steady."
While in Frankfurt, Johnson and Quinn trained with a German S.W.A.T.
"I didn't learn anything new, but it was different," Johnson said. "The
German Border Patrol and German police are very professional, impressive
organizations, and they treated us very well."
Besides the extradition warrant for murder out of Ector County, Johnson
had a federal warrant for the suspect on a charge of crack cocaine possession.
"He was in jail for attempted murder in Germany," Johnson said. "He
had been in jail 10 months awaiting trial. I think they finally dismissed
Gospel singer to perform
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - Gospel singer Gary McSpadden will appear in concert
at First Baptist Church in the 11 a.m. worship service next Sunday, May
2, said Mike Pharaoh, music director.
McSpadden has recorded 12 solo albums while maintaining a heavy concert
schedule. He also writes songs, counsels young Christian artists and is
involved in mission outreach.
As a teenager, Gary's dream of being involved in Gospel music became
reality. After joining the Statesmen as a fill-in for Jake Hess, Gary soon
became a member of the Oak Ridge Boys. From there, he and Jake Hess formed
the Grammy award-winning Imperials.
Aligning his singing career with hands-on ministry, Mcspadden jointly
pastored a church with his father. Beginning with a handful of members,
the church quickly expanded to more than 1,000 in attendance.
McSpadden's music ministry in the church became so widely known that
Bill Gaither, one of the most respected men in Gospel music, asked him
to join the Gaither Trio, which he traveled with for 11 years.
Songs McSpadden has written from personal experience include "Jesus
Lord To Me," "Hallelujah Praise The Lamb" and "Jesus Be Jesus In Me."
He hosts Gary McSpadden's Gospel Jubilee in Branson, Mo., broadcast
each week on FamilyNet.
Gary McSpadden Ministries supports mission work in Romania, India, Mexico,
Haiti, Ireland, Scotland and inner city outreach in the United States.
Pharaoh said that everyone is invited to attend the free concert.
Drug task force topic for city
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - Pecos City Council has set an emergency meeting
for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss joining the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force
for the 1999-2000 grant period and to consider acquisition of real property.
The discussion of property will first be held in executive session,
and any action will be taken in open session.
No late hopefuls apply for PHS coaching job
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - There were no late applications for the vacant
head football coaching position at Pecos High School, leaving three candidates
vying for the job between now and the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board's
Assistant varsity coach, Gary Grubbs, Zavala Middle School coach Jerry
Parent and Fred Carter, a Pecos native currently working in the Ector County
ISD are the three who have applied for the position, after head coach Dan
Swaim resigned on April 8 to become an assistant coach at Midland High.
Gome Olibas, personnel director for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, said
on Friday he hoped to conduct interviews this week, and that the school
board would make a final decision on May 13.
AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 11-17-26-32-38-49. Estimated jackpot: $7 million. Number
matching six of six: None Matching five of six: 79. Prize: $1,615. Matching
four of six: 4,237. Prize: $108.
AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 67-56-88-17. Number matching four of four in Group One:
none. Number matching four of four in Group Two: one. Prize: $25,000. Number
matching four of four in Group Three: one. Prize: $10,000. Number matching
three of four in any group: 437. Prize: $300.
AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 8-27-28-30-35. Number matching five of five: One. Prize per winner:
$91,271. Winning ticket sold in: McAllen. Matching four of five: 194. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) _ The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 4-1-6 (four, one, six)
AUSTIN (AP) _ The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 8-2-0 (eight, two, zero)
Services for Amparo Gallego, 70, of Saragosa, were at 2 p.m. today in Our
Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Saragosa. She died Saturday, April
24, 1999 at her residence. Burial was in Saragosa Cemetery, directed by
Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Terlingua, was a housewife and a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Gallego of Saragosa; seven sons,
Joe Gallego III of Corona, Calif., Billy Joe Gallego and Jimmy Gallego
of Saragosa, Freddy Gallego and Alan Gallego of Pecos, Tony Gallego of
Presidio and Sammy Gallego of San Angelo; three daughters, Nora Briceno
of Pecos, Linda Briceno of Saragosa and Alexa Gallego of San Angelo; three
brothers, Victoriano Molinar Jr. of Alpine, Raul Molinar of Pecos and Joe
Molinar of San Antonio; two sisters, Alicia Portillo of El Paso and Elva
Molinar of Odessa; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
PECOS, April 26, 1999 - High Sunday 86; low last night 49. High Saturday
58; overnight low 54. High Friday 91, low 49. Trace of rain Saturday. April
rain trace. Year-to-date .48 inch. Tonight, fair. Low in the lower 50s.
Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny and warmer. High near 90.
South wind 10-15 mph.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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