perennial bridesmaids Buoyed by the confidence of fielding four persons in the 400 metres final a few days earlier and simply tired of losing to the Americans, Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team stepped on to the Bird’s Nest’s mondo track knowing that something had to give. It had been 14 years since the quartet of Sandie Richards, Catherine Scott, Debbie-Ann Parris, and Lorraine Fenton won the 4x400m at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Back then, the Jamaicans beat Germany and Russia into second and third, respectively, with Fenton, World and Olympic silver medallist, making the most of a mistake from the US anchor leg runner, Suziann Reid, who had dropped the baton after receiving it with a 10-metre lead. The United States has since won the event at four of the next six World Championships that followed. This time, however, the Jamaicans, who are perennial bridesmaids, having won four silver and two bronze medals, were more confident than ever after their four athletes – Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, and Novlene Williams-Mills – had earlier created history by becoming the first quartet from the same country to compete in a World Championships 400m final. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills showed that she is just as determined on the track, as she tracked American Francena McCorory like a predator stalking its prey, striking at the top of the 100m straight and pulling away to lead the Jamaicans home in a world-leading 3:19.13, with the Americans finishing second in 3:19.44 and
BAKERSFIELD – A former elementary school vice principal plotted an elaborate alibi that included a cross-country journey so he could murder his wife, three children and mother-in-law after they returned from church, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday in opening statements. Vincent Brothers, 44, faces the death penalty if convicted in the July 2003 slayings of his estranged wife, Joanie Harper; their three children, Marques, 4, Lyndsey, 2, and Marshall, 6 weeks old; and Harper’s mother, Earnestine Harper. He has pleaded not guilty to the killings. “Who had the motive to kill the children? That is the question I want you to ask yourselves over and over and over again,” Kern County Deputy District Attorney Lisa Green told the jury. “The answer is that it was Vincent Brothers.” Defense attorney Michael Gardina painted Brothers as a compassionate, patriotic man whom investigators had wrongly maintained was the sole suspect in the killings. “Good evidence was ignored that exonerated him. Evidence that would show that Mr. Brothers was in Ohio was shunned,” Gardina said in his opening statement. “The evidence will show that he could not, would not and did not harm his wife, his children and his mother-in-law.” Brothers claimed he was in Columbus, Ohio, visiting his brother when his family was killed, but Green said he flew to the Midwest and then drove back to Bakersfield in a rental car to stab and shoot the five. The car’s odometer showed it had been driven more than 5,400 miles when it was returned to the Ohio rental agency, Green said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!