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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28- Aug. 3, 2000 Nancy King's confession to murder under scrutiny Alcohol may have By Kerry Rester Nancy King, the woman who confessed to police that she killed two infants more than 20 years ago, sat expressionless in Superi- or Court July 27, as she listened to testimony during a suppression hearing. King is facing two charges of sec- ond-degree murder for al- legedly smoth- ering her 5- month-old daughter and a few months KING later a 7- month-old Rehoboth Beach baby for whom she was babysitting in 1976. Dr. Judith Tobin of the state Medical Examiner's Office ruled Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) caused the deaths of Michelle Barnett and Corey Hen- ley, son of Michael and Robin Henley, formerly of Rehoboth Beach, after she performed the au- topsies in 1976. SIDS occurs when an otherwise healthy baby - impaired interview sleep. Two clays prior to his death, the Henley baby had been in the hos- pital to be treated for symptoms of vomiting and fever, for which penicillin was prescribed. Tobin's 1976 autopsy report reflected she did not believe pneumonia was a contributing factor to the baby's death, said Deputy Attorney Gen- eral Melanie Withers during the heating. King, who had separated from her husband Darrell Barnett, was apparently living with the Hen- leys at the time of the baby's death. Det. Douglas E. Tullock of the Jefferson County (Ky.) Police Department Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit said King told him and Det. Jeremiah Nieves she had been taking LSD with Michael and Robin Henley earlier in the day, and the pair had left for a brief time, leaving King to babysit. At issue with Joe Hurley, King's attorney, was whether King's de- fense would be compromised be- cause Hurley did not receive the detectives' report until July 26. up to a year old - dies in his or her Hurley contended he should have II franK" e-e--c- work and it's important to get the new zoning code in place. It will mean a lot to the residents Continued.from page I as we continue to promote Dewey crowding in the resort. "I'm most concerned about the high occu- pancy of rentals and the noise, , parking and trash problems that high occupancy brings," he ex- plained. "If we can clean these is- sues off the slate, we can bring our housing values and rental val- ues up to the levels they are in Re- hoboth Beach and Bethany Beach. There's no reason why we can't fix these problems in the near future." He said his second priority is to help complete the work done by the town zoning committee to rewrite the 1980s zoning code. "That committee, chaired by Commissioner Bob Spengler and Dewey Beach Civic League Presi- dent Bobbi Turk has done a lot of Beach as agreat place to liveand do business?' "I'm still excited about working with our council team, and I be- lieve we have the teamwork to get these priorities accomplished," Frederick said. Frederick, an agent with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Delaware, and his wife, Susan, have a daughter in Cape Henlopen School District. He is the second incumbent candidate to file for reelection this year. Bob Spengler filed in June to seek a second term. There are two seats open on council, and no challengers have publicly ex- pressed an interest in filing. The filing deadline is Aug. 17, and the election is Saturday, Sept. 16. Sussex Democrats to hold Jamboree Aug. 26 The Sussex County Democrats have scheduled their annual Jamboree for 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at Cape Henlopen State Park. The food and fun filled event will feature Sussex County Democrats as well as many officials and candidates from all over the state of Delaware. Representing Sussex are Sen. Thurman Adams, Sen. George Bunting, Sen. Robert Venables, Rep. John Schroeder, Rep. Shirley Price, Rep. Charles West, county council president Lynn Rogers, coun- cilmen Dale Dukes and Finley Jones, and Register of Wills Howard Clendaniel. Sen. Joe Biden, Gov. Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner are all expected to attend. Tickets are $5, and may be reserved by calling Perle Adams at 349- 4060. Lewes Architectural Review meeting cancelled The scheduled meeting of the Lewes Commercial Architectural Re- view Commission, slated for Thursday, Aug. 3, has been cancelled due to the lack of agenda items. received knowledge the report ex- isted and the report itself during the discovery process. A clerical error seemed to be the cause of the delay. Hurley contended in a previous- ly filed suppression motion that King's original statement to police was compromised because she was under the influence of alcohol when she spoke to Kentucky po- lice. Tullock said she was very upset and was crying when she gave the two detectives the interview, but despite her apparent alcohol in- take, she seemed in command of her faculties and did not appear to be intoxicated. "Subsequent to the statement rendition to Kentucky officials," the motion states, "the defendant provided a statement to Delaware State Police officials. Initially, upon information and belief, the defendant invoked her Fifth Amendment privilege, but upon information and belief, was later persuaded to provide a statement notwithstanding that she had been advised by counsel (not present counsel) not to make any state- ments." Hurley's motion implies King's statements to police were not voluntary and made "in viola- tion of her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent." King was extradited to Delaware March 10, nearly 10 months after the death investiga- tion began with her May 4, 1999 call to Ocean View Police Depart- ment. On that day, she called from Kentucky and asked Officer Kristin Miller whether her daugh- ter had died from SIDS. Miller engaged in what she re- membered was about a 20-minute call with King, who allegedly confessed to killing the children. "I had no problems understanding her besides her being very upset and crying," said Miller. "She again told me she could not live with this anymore." After she ended the call with King, Miller phoned the state medical examiner; Jim Adkins, deputy attorney general; and Det. Robert Hawkins of the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. While making those calls, King apparently called the Ocean View line again and left two messages. Because King sounded so dis- traught, Miller was concerned for her welfare and notified the 911 center in Kentucky. Officers who testified at the suppression hearing said although some of King's statements wa- vered slightly with occasional dis- crepancies, basically she said that, in each case, she was under the in- fluence of LSD. In each case, she laid down with the baby and when she awoke, she found the baby not breathing and with a pillow over his or her face. King has a long history of drug and alcohol addiction. She has a history of being medicated with psychotropic drugs such as Prozac, her husband, Jerry, said in March. He said she also has had hallucinations and been hospital- ized for mental illness. He said he believes in her innocence. He and their 9-year-old daughter made a 15-hour-drive to be at court for the hearing but were not permitted in'the courtroom for much of the prdceeding. 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