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Page 4A N[W$ Hays Free Press * June 5, 2013 + PHOTO BY DANNY MORAN Morning blaze in subdivision A fire Monday at an unoccupied home on Firwood Drive in the Amberwood subdivision in northeast Kyle brought out the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos fire departments to battle the late morning blaze. Temperatures were in the 90s making the work more challenging. No one was injured and firefighters contained the damage from spreading to other homes. The Hays County Fire Marshall's Office was not able to say how the fire started but is investigating. J nnifer Biundo and Stephen Pipkin yfully announce their upcom- g marriage on June 7, 2013. The ceremony will be officiated by Hays County Justice of the Peace Beth Smith and will take place at the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Mansion in downtown Austin. Jen is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph and Mary Biundo of New Orleans, LA. Jen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan lI honors program, then worked for eight years as a reporter and managing editorofthe Hays Free Press .After return- ing to UT for a master's degree in public policy, she now works as an analyst for the Legislative Budget Board. Stephen is the son of Eugene Pipkin and Paulette McKillop of Austin. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in anthropol- ogy from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a blacksmith and silver- smith.After earning a master's degree in library and information science from UT, he now works as a taxonomist for Llesiant. The couple live in Austin with Jen's five year old son, Cyrus LeBlanc. They will honeymoon in Spain. Cold Case Heats Up Continued from pg. 1A against Willie Jenkins, 59, began at a Hays County courtroom with 12 jurors and two alternates last week. Testimony started Tuesday. Jenkins was charged with capital murder in 2010 and extradited to Texas. He was under a civil commitment order at the Coalinga State Hospital in California at the time of his ar- rest. Jenkins was con- victed of four rapes in JENKINS California and Texas, according to a report in the Austin American States- man. Dur'mg the testimony last week, the prosecutor said Hays County investigators placed Jenkins in Texas on the day Nor- ris died. He was an active-duty Marine stationed in California at the time, but was on leave to visit his sick wife in San Antonio, according to newspaper reports. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner told jurors the date of Norris' killing falls within the dates of his leave. The case against Willie Jen- kins wasn't made until 2010 when the science of forensic evidence, including DNA and semen, fi- nally caught up with him. At the time of Norris' murder, tech- nology was not so- phisticated enough to point to Jenkins. Norris' boyfriend in 1975, Wayne An- drus, found her in the bathtub on Nov. 24 in her apartment off Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos. According to police re- ports, she was raped, strangled and drowned - an expert testi- fied last week that Norris fought her attacker, kicking a hole in the wall as she struggled. Andros was considered a suspect, but was later excluded through DNA evidence. He tes- tiffed that he sold marijuana in the weeks prior to Norris' mur- der. "I was haunted for 30 years thinking it was related to some- thing I had done," he told ju- rors. Andrus recalled in his testi- mony how he came inside the apartment and heard music blasting at a deafening level. When he saw Norris in the bath- tub, he initially thought she slipped, then quickly realized what happened was not an ac- cident and called police. Norris' family was present in the courtroom Tuesday for the opening statements. Austin news station KVUE reported her family members were sobbing as jurors viewed grisly images of the crime scene. In 2010, Texas Department of Public Safety technicians ex- tracted a more complete DNA profile and submitted it to a national database. That's when they hit upon Jenkins. By the end of the week, de- fense attorneys for Jenkins had not, opening state- ments. , Steel said he will consider a motion to suppress evidence this week. LEADERS AT HEART For more than 25 years, the Seton Healthcare Family has been a regional leader in advanced cardiac care. Now the Seton Heart Institute offers access to top cardiovascular care right in your community. For preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, we're here for your heart. For appointments, please call 512-504-0860. Kyle / Medical Office Buildin~ t + Seton Heart Institute Dr. Dr. Kamran A. Shaikh Dr. James K. Dr. Michael G. Watkins Kristopher M. Heinzman Dr. Javier Warren E. Sanchez Hays Medical Office 1180 Seton Parkway, Suite 450 I ,le, Texas 78640