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Posted 27 Aug 2001   For week ended August 10, 2001
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NEWSFLASH: Indictment in 1974 Missionary Murders
A grand jury in Austin, Texas has indicted Robert Elmer Kleasen for the second time in the 1974 murder of LDS missionaries Mark Fischer and Gary Darley, 24 years after his first murder conviction for their deaths was overturned. Travis County Assistant District Attorney Claire Dawson Brown opened the case Wednesday and sought and obtained an indictment today. According to District Attorney Ronald Earl, advances in DNA analysis made it possible to connect Kleasen to the murders. The indictment means that Kleasen will likely be extradited to the US after he completes a sentence in England in November.

LDS Drama Student Loses Profanity Case
A court room drama ended Friday when U.S. Distric Judge Tena Campbell ruled to dismiss a lawsuit by University of Utah student, Christina Axson-Flynn, who claimed her rights were violated when she received a drama assignment that included reciting a script that contained profane language. The use of profane language was required only as an academic exercise and the curriculum did not take a position on religion according to the Judge Campbell's ruling.

LDS Mother Works to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
In an effort to pinpoint the pitfalls and point out the monetary and human resources that are available to teenage mothers, Violet Lane of Wiley, Colorado, has gone hundreds of miles out of her way to help others avoid the perils of teenage pregnancy. Lane, who became a mother when she was a 16-year-old high school sophomore, now opposes premarital sex and relies on the beliefs and ideals of her Mormon faith.

Funeral Held for LDS Police Officer Killed on Duty
Lehi lost a bit of its small-town innocence August 3. Officer Joseph Dan Adams' death marked the first officer shooting death in the city's 149-year history. Adams, 26, died shortly after being shot in the abdomen and leg during a traffic stop. He is survived by his wife Cydney, and their 7-month-old son, Cade. Adams, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was an Eagle Scout and had served as a missionary in the Liepzig German Mission. Besides working for the Lehi Police Department, Adams was part of the Army National Guard and served once a month on weekends as a medic. He also worked for the Utah County SWAT team. He was involved in the church as an Assistant Scoutmaster, a teacher, and a leader.

LDS Woman, Miss Nevada, Teaching Abstinence
Miss Nevada, Ashley Huff, will take the center stage on September 22 at the Miss America 2001 competition and promote sexual abstinence among teens. The former Georgia native and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints moved to Las Vegas two years ago to attend UNLV and major in communications.

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