Backers of war protesters hold vigil outside Va. courthouse

April 13, 1993|By Newport News Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- More than a dozen people held a vigil outside the courthouse before going inside to cheer on three anti-war protesters who splashed blood on a submarine at Newport News Shipbuilding.

In a brief appearance yesterday in General District Court on charges of trespassing and felony destruction of property, the defendants told Judge Joan B. Morris they want to represent themselves instead of hiring an attorney.

Their next court date has been set for May 4, when there will be a trial on the trespassing charge and a preliminary hearing on the felony charge.

Greg Boertje-Obed, 37, of Baltimore; his wife, Michele Naar-Obed, 36; and Kathy Boylan, 49, from Long Island, N.Y., have said they will remain in jail instead of posting $1,500 bond.

The trio sneaked into the shipyard Friday by cutting a hole in a chain-link fence. They splashed blood, hammered on a Tomahawk missile launcher and sprayed graffiti on the Tucson, a nuclear-powered submarine under construction.

Shipyard officials have estimated the repair cost at between $3,000 and $3,500, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Dunn said.

The protesters told reporters they wanted to remind Christians of their "call to be peacemakers."

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