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August 3, 1992


A Denver man convicted of first-degree murder in the 1977 slaying of a Lawrence variety store manager is among the Kansas prison inmates eligible for parole in September, the Kansas Parole Board has announced.

Lee E. Harris, who is serving a life imprisonment term for the murder of Samuel Norwood, manger of the F.W. Woolworth Co. store in Lawrence, was included on the parole board's monthly list of public comment sessions.

During the sessions, anyone can comment about inmates eligible for parole hearings.

Harris pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in April 1979 in Douglas County District Court and is serving his prison term at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

According to testimony from court proceedings, Harris and another Denver man, Charles E. Moore, killed Norwood after dropping plans to rob his store. They were accused of abducting Norwood as he was leaving work on Nov. 28, 1978, then shooting him and leaving his body in an isolated area along the south bank of the Kansas River, in east Lawrence.

Moore was convicted in December 1989 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and two concurrent terms of 30 years to life.

HERE IS A list of inmates convicted in local courts, the county or counties in which they were convicted, the conviction charge and each inmate's current location:

Bobby R. Nelson, Jefferson, burglary, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

Lavelle Henderson, Douglas and Shawnee, burglary, attempted burglary, three counts of theft, possessing burglary tools, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

Gilbert Clark Jr., Douglas, attempted burglary, obstructing the legal process, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Mark T. Fusaro, Douglas, driving with a canceled, revoked or suspended license, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Aaron R. Suits, Jefferson, rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated sodomy, Lansing Correctional Facility.

Gary A. Lee, Douglas, aggravated assault, Osawatomie Correctional Facility.

Dow D. Wood, Jefferson and Wyandotte, theft, aggravated robbery, two counts of burglary, Topeka Correctional Facility.

THE PUBLIC comment sessions are scheduled:

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the city council chambers of the Municipal Building, 455 N. Main, Wichita.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the auditorium of the Topeka Public Library, 1515 W. 10th, Topeka.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the commissioner's room of the Wyandotte County Courthouse, 710 N. Seventh St., Kansas City, Kan.

Anyone who wants to comment but cannot attend a session may write to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson St., Room 452-South, Topeka, 66612-1220.

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