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Dallas police officer JOHNNIE HERNANDEZ, who had been subpoenaed to testify in the MICHAEL IRVIN drug trial, was arrested on charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill the Cowboys wide receiver, according to the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Allegedly, Hernandez was upset with Irvin's involvement with ROCHELLE SMITH, whom he listed in booking records as his common- law wife with the same address. Smith had testified before the Dallas County grand jury that indicted Irvin on felony cocaine and misdemeanor marijuana charges (Lewis and Hanna, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/28). A source familiar with the investigation told the WASHINGTON POST that Hernandez also had a connection with one of the two women indicted along with Irvin. The source said Hernandez passed along between $3,000-5,000 to an undercover DEA agent to have Irvin killed (WASHINGTON POST, 6/28). Revelations about the murder-for-hire plot could prompt a mistrial in the Irvin case, as it will make it difficult to pick an impartial jury from the pool already called for the trial (Linda Campbell, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/28).
BILL FUTTERER, a marketing exec who helped bring the Hornets and Panthers to NC, was appointed President of the Cleveland Browns Trust (WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/28)....Two-time Olympic skier LUKE BODENSTEINER was named to the newly created position of U.S. Skiing Cross Country Development Event Coordinator (U.S. Ski Team).....TIM HAWKINS has been named VP and Producer at Madison Square Garden Productions (MSG)...12 European amateur hockey players represented by Athletes and Artists in New York were selected in the '96 NHL entry draft: ANDREI ZYUZIN, ALEXANDER VOLCHKOV, DAINUS ZUBRUS, MIKAEL SIMONS, MAGNUS NILLSON, OLA SNADBERG, DMITRI YAKUSHINI, and TIMO AHMAOJA (Marquee Group).