Friday, June 15, 2007

What Is The Bigger Story: Sentencing Or Series?

Radio and TV news directors will have a tough call to make for their early evening broadcasts Friday. What to lead with: the sentencing of murderer Christopher Edwards or the opening day of the College World Series?

Either way, baseball fans will be brought up to speed on the now-familiar story of how an Omaha man killed a 19-year-old college student who was thought to be pregnant with his child; how he used ornamental swords to do it, and how he took extraordinary measures to cover up the killing by hiding her body (which has not been found).

A jury convicted Edwards in March of second degree murder in a case thought to be the most high-profile of the past 50 years. Edwards was not charged with first-degree murder because prosecutors didn't think they could prove Edwards had planned to kill O'Grady. He faces 20 years to life in prison.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea - take him to the execution chamber in Lincoln and tie him to the electric chair, then give him a series of low-level shocks until he comes clean and spills the beans.

Then...when he's told authorities where the body is and it has been confirmed...dump a couple million volts in him and be done with this scumbag.

Anonymous said...

why not just keep hitting him with a baseball bat. That way you can combine the two stories.

Seriously the murder sentence should lead.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, in principle, but we should let all the visitors think we have no crime here. Love the baseball bat comment;)

Anonymous said...

I don't think any person that came to Omaha for the CWS would think its free of crime... it's in every single city. News directors should lead with the Edwards story since it is more timely than the CWS (as in the sentencing is only happening today and the CWS is going on for much longer.) Plus, how do you start with a CWS story, then transition to a murder sentence?!

Anonymous said...

Very easy, you put first weather in between.

Anonymous said...

9:35 AM Good comment. Don't they always do that?

Anonymous said...

Well 10:24am, apparently 9:32am did not know that.

thanks
9:35am

Anonymous said...

So I read they sentenced the guy to 80 years in prison. That ought to make him sing like a canary and tell where he buried the girl.

These prosecutors need to learn a thing or two from Jack McCoy.

Michael Carnes said...

100 to life, actually...but I don't think that's enough for him to suddenly develop a conscience...

Anonymous said...

Tell the scumbag that if he will tell where the body is, they won't tattoo "Child Molestor" on his forehead before he is released into the general population at the correctional center...then when the body is found, tatt the miscreants forehead anyway!

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