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Friday, February 25, 2005; Page A06

Three Are Killed In Texas Shootings

TYLER, Tex. -- A man with a high-powered rifle opened fire Thursday in a historic town square, killing his ex-wife and another man before he was shot to death.

The gunman, David Hernandez Arroyo Sr., also wounded four people, including three law officers and his son. Authorities said the man apparently was angry about a dispute over child support.

After being shot in the melee, Arroyo escaped in a pickup truck and led officers on a chase, police said. He was caught a few miles away and was pronounced dead on arrival at East Texas Medical Center.

The victims were identified as Maribel Estrada, 41, and Mark Wilson, 52.

• PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Judge Marcus Gordon postponed the murder trial of a suspected Ku Klux Klansman who is charged with the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. Edgar Ray Killen, 80, will go on trial here April 18. Gordon said the delay would give Killen's lawyers time to review tips received since the state reopened its investigation of the slayings of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.

• CHICAGO -- An elevated train filled with passengers on their morning commute caught fire, and the conductor was forced to make two emergency stops before all the riders could be evacuated. No injuries were reported.

• FORT HOOD, Tex. -- A U.S. soldier has been ordered court-martialed on charges he murdered an Iraqi civilian during a search for suspected insurgents. Staff Sgt. Shane Werst, 31, of El Toro, Calif., also faces an obstruction charge for allegedly concocting a false story about how Naser Ismail died in Balad in January 2004.

• PIERRE, S.D. -- The state's highest court upheld William J. Janklow's conviction for a 2003 crash that killed a motorcyclist, rejecting the former congressman's argument that there was insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict.

-- From News Services


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