U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE: MURDER-BY-MAIL TRIAL BEGINS AT TACOMA, WASHINGTON
SEATTLE, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Testimony began today, February 7, 1995, in Federal District Court at Tacoma, Wash. in the murder-by-mail trial of Raymond D. Cheely, Jr. and Joseph E. Ryan, both 23, of Chugiak, Alaska Chugiak (IPA pronunciation: ['tʃu gi æk]) is an unincorporated community in the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska, situated approximately 20 miles (12 km) northeast of Anchorage. , Gerald A. Miera, Postal Inspector In Charge, Seattle, announced today. The trial was moved to Tacoma on a change of venue from Anchorage, Alaska because of heavy media coverage in Alaska.
Cheely and Ryan are charged in indictments returned by an Anchorage Federal Grand Jury with participating in a conspiracy to construct and mail a package bomb which resulted in the death of David Kerr David Kerr may refer to:
The government alleges that the mail bomb was intended to kill George Kerr, who, in early 1991, had testified against Raymond Cheely in an Alaska state murder case for which Cheely was later convicted and sentenced to 60 years in state prison.
Presenting the case for the government are Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the United States federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. There are 93 U.S. Joseph W. Bottini, Anchorage, and Mark Bonner Mark Bonner (born June 7 1974 in Ormskirk, Lancashire) is an English former professional footballer.
Bonner began his career in 1991 at Blackpool, where he progressed through the youth ranks under Jimmy Mullen and Graham Carr, and became a regular in the first-team under , Trial Attorney, Terrorism and Violent Crimes Section, Criminal Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. The Postal Inspection Service is the lead investigative agency in a task force composed of numerous state and federal law enforcement organizations.
In his opening statement to the jury, Mr. Bottini said the evidence to be presented will outline a complex conspiracy of revenge in which Cheely and Ryan played key roles. Bottini said that the other three members of the conspiracy to kill George Kerr -- Douglas Gustafson, Peggy Gustafson-Barnett, and Craig Gustafson -- have already pled guilty and have been sentenced. Peggy Gustafson-Barnett and Craig Gustafson are expected to testify on behalf of the government during what Mr. Bottini believe will be a six week trial.
Early witnesses for the government included the first person at the scene and the emergency medical technicians who treated Mrs. Kerr. They described the devastation caused by the blast. Later witnesses were postal inspectors who detailed how evidence from the crime scene was recovered and analyzed.
It is expected that over 50 witnesses will testify for the government. These will include postal inspectors, forensic experts, medical personnel, and other state and federal law enforcement officers.
The trial is being heard before the Hon. James M. Burns, Senior District Court Judge, Portland, Ore.
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