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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 25, 2001
Trial approaches in teacher's death
WEST PALM BEACH -- Screening of potential jurors was to begin today for the first-degree murder trial of Nathaniel Brazill, the 14-year-old accused of killing Lake Worth Middle School teacher Barry Grunow.
By week's end, court officials anticipate beginning the more detailed process of picking the 12 men and women and up to four alternates who will hear the case.
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Richard Wennet on Tuesday denied a request by the Palm Beach County School Board to ban the news media from identifying students who testify.
Brazill is accused of shooting Grunow last May 26 after Grunow, 35, refused to allow Brazill to speak to two girls in his classroom on the last day of school.
Woman, two children still missing
NAPLES, Fla. -- Police pursued new tips Tuesday in the search for a missing Oregon woman and her two children but said they're now not sure she ever made it to Florida, where two companions were fatally shot.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office was checking reports of possible sightings of Kimyala Henson, 21, and her children, Shaina A. Kirkpatrick, who turns 2 Friday, and 4-month-old Shausha L. Henson, said spokeswoman Tina Osceola. But Osceola said, "We have no evidence proving (Henson) was in Florida. They could be anywhere between Portland, Ore., and Naples."
A couple who left Oregon on April 4 with Henson and her children were found fatally shot Friday at a rest stop along U.S. 41 near Naples. They were Frank Oehring, 28, and Christine Noel Mayer, 24.
Investigators on Tuesday said Mayer's death was a homicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the head, but they hadn't determined whether Oehring's death was a homicide or suicide.
Police said Oehring was charged in Missouri last year with trying to have his ex-wife strangled. They said he missed a March court appearance in Bethany, Mo.
Condemned man pursues appeals
Attorney Todd Scher's appeal to the nation's high court challenges the fairness of Florida's death penalty statute, which allowed a judge to sentence Gregory Mills, 43, to death despite the jury's recommendation that he serve life in prison
The state appeal involves a claim that the star witness against Mills actually shot James Wright when the 70-year-old man came out of the bedroom of his Sanford home after hearing a noise early on the morning of May 25, 1979.
Mills is scheduled to die by lethal injection May 2 for Wright's murder.
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