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Four Men Indicted In Shooting

August 29, 1985

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Three years after a college student was killed by a stray bullet during a drug war shootout, four men have been indicted in the case.

Laura Carter, 18, a Denison University student from Wayne, Pa., was killed by a bullet fired from a block away while she was riding in a car in April 1982 with her parents and three friends, police say. Her death inspired the Christopher Cross song, ″Think of Laura.

A Franklin County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Gordon Newlin, 34, and his brother, Paul Richardo Newlin, 32, on charges of aggravated murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault.

Gordon Newlin surrendered to officers at the Franklin County Jail on Wednesday afternoon; his brother is still at large.

Also indicted were Larry Canady, 32, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and Norman Whiteside, 32, charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Both are in prison on unrelated convictions.

Police Capt. Antone Lanata said the shootout stemmed from a battle for control of narcotics, prostitution and other criminal activity on the city’s east side.

He alleged one of the Newlin brothers fired the fatal shot, but declined to say which one. He said Whiteside was not with the other men the night of the shooting but plotted to kill opponents in the alleged crime war.

Lanata said the case had proved to be ″very convoluted and confusing.″

″We went down a lot of false paths, and we had to recoup our losses and regroup,″ he said.

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