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friend coming up in a few seconds on the cbs evening news. >> thank you for watching tonight at 5:00. >> al, elizabeth and paul are back in 30 minutes. >> dickerson: on the "cbs evening news" for this tuesday: late today, a texas jury convicts a white former police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. a new estimate puts the official hurricane maria death toll in puerto rico at nearly 3,000. that's 1,000 more than hurricane itrina. and, i talk to former p.o.w. john fer. the man who was imprisoned in vietnam with john mccain shares his memories of an american hero. but first, the headlines in 60 inconds. >> we the jury unanimously find the defendant guilty. >> a texas jury has found police officer roy oliver guilty of murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old jordan edwards. >> edwards was killed when then- officer oliver fired into the
moving car. >> the government of puerto rico now says hurricane maria claimed 2,975 lives. to i am the governor of puerto rico. i have my share of accountability in this. >> the pennsylvania attorney general says the vatican knew about the cover-up. >> the priests would go, the bishops would go and lie to parishioners, but then document t thof the abuse in secret archives that they would share, oftentimes, with the vatican. >> storms bring strong winds and heavy flooding to the midwest. >> the heat and humidity is one of the big stories, if you're east of the mississippi. >> the heat wave is stretching to the northeast. ♪ all i'm asking is for a little respect ♪ >> people in detroit waiting in peo lines to honor the late aretha franklin. >> the queen of soul was brought to her memorial in the same hearse that once carried her father, and the late rosa parks. >> dickerson: good evening. jeff glor is off. i'm john dickerson.
and this is our western edition. a white police officer in suburban dallas said he was trying to protect his partner when he fatally shot jordan edwards, an unarmed black teenager. but video, and the partner, told a different story, and tonight, 38-year-old roy oliver is facing a possible life sentence after a jury returned a rare murder verdict in a police shooting. urre's omar villafranca. >> we the jury unanimously find the defendant guilty of murder. >> reporter: there was crying in the courtroom, but no emotion from former balch springs police officer roy oliver. after two weeks of testimony, oliver was found guilty of murdering 15-year-old jordan edwards. odell edwards is the teenager's father. >> it's been a long time, a hard year. i'm just-- i'm-- i'm just really happy. >> reporter: in april of 2017, deiver and another officer responded to a loud house party. they heard gunshots nearby, and spotted a car leaving the party. bwards and four other unarmed teenaged boys were in that chevy.
oliver told investigators the car was in danger of hitting his partner. so he fired five rounds from his rifle into the car. ur he was trying to hit you. >> reporter: during the trial, police body camera footage showed the car was driving away feom officers, and oliver's partner said he never felt he was in danger. prosecutor michael snipes said police are to be respected, but are not above the law. o whe love them, but not when they do what he did that night. >> reporter: since 2005, 31 officers have been convicted ol manslaughter or lesser charges in police shootings. oliver is only the second officer to be convicted of murder in more than a decade. darrell washington is the edwards family attorney. >> this case is not just about jordan. it's about every-- every african american, unarmed african american who has been killed and wao has not gotten justice. >> reporter: oliver was found
not guilty on two aggravated assault charges. y e sentencing phase is under way right now and, john, oliver faces five years to life in rsison. >> dickerson: omar villafranca for us in dallas. doanks, omar. hurricane maria will go down as sastof the deadliest natural disasters in u.s. history because the official toll went up dramatically today from 64 to 2,975. n at's more than the 1,800 who died in hurricane katrina. cny of the deaths in puerto neco came in the days, weeks, and months after the hurricane struck last september, raising new questions about the federal spd local response. orvid begnaud is there. >> reporter: it is official-- hurricane maria caused an estimated 2,975 deaths in puerto anco after the storm slammed into the island last september. puerto rico governor ricardo rosello: >> it's always painful to see that it's such a large number.
>> reporter: researchers at estimate nearly n university estimate nearly 3,000 people died during the six months after the hurricane hit. now, the study looked at hostorical death patterns from 2010 to 2017 to predict how many people would have died had maria edt hit the island. igat figure was then compared to the actual number of deaths. the government said the death toll initially was only 64. >> the action or the focus shouldn't be, you know, "hey, let's blame all these folks." the focus should be, who is going to be accountable, and who is going to take the action so that this doesn't happen again. >> reporter: the mayor of san juan, carmen yulin cruz, says the governor should take responsibility. >> now, when i saw people dying, i opted to shout it. i opted to ask for help. when others saw people dying, they opted to shut up. >> reporter: the report lays blame on the government, saying there was inadequate preparedness and personnel for
the crisis. officials admitted they were not nequately prepared for the rerect and indirect impacts of a category 4 hurricane. d ys after the storm, president mpump visited the island and f wnplayed the impact of maria. >> if you look at a real catastrophe like katrina, and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, llu can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together. in reporter: in a statement, the white house said "the president remains proud of the work the federal family undertook to help our fellow citizens in puerto rico." he my mom was part of the death coll. >> reporter: among the dead was nicole cordero's mother, wanda, who died two days after the storm made landfall, in a wereital that had lost power. >> i wish the hospitals were more prepared for this, the government overall, you know. e ople died in streets when the virricane was happening. mb dickerson: david, help us l,th this number, 64, the official death toll until today. what took the government so long
to update that number? 's reporter: well, you know, john, it's interesting, the governor's director of public safety was the man who said early on, "listen, it's 64, because i'm relying on doctors e come and tell me exactly when a death is to be certified as storm-related." but the report reveals doctors todn't have the training or knowledge to do that. in fact, some doctors admitted noey were worried about being soed because they didn't know, so in some cases they hesitated before signing off on a death as being storm-related. but, john, remember, this was the worst of the worst. there was no power, no water. resp911 system was down, ambulances couldn't respond, hospitals were in crisis. and the governor couldn't even reach a local mayor on the island. >> dickerson: david, you've been there all along chronicling it for us. david begnaud in puerto rico. thanks, david. more fallout today from the ngdening catholic church sex abuse scandal, including accusations that pope francis hes part of the cover-up. fikki battiste has the latest. e there are specific examples usere the vatican knew of this
abuse and they were involved in the cover-up. >> reporter: the fallout from pennsylvania attorney general josh shapiro's grand jury in stigation revealing over 300 predator priests in his state alone has reached the top of the catholic church. today, shapiro spoke with "cbs this morning." s the priests would go, the bishops would go and lie to rcemshioners, lie to law enforcement, lie to the public, but then document all of the abuse in secret archives that tiey would share oftentimes with the vatican. >> reporter: vatican spokesperson greg burke shot back at shapiro, telling cbs news, "if the prosecutor is referring to something outside the report, we'll have to wait for that before commenting." the war of words comes two days after former vatican official carlo maria vigano claimed pope nsancis was aware of sex abuse allegations against cardinal theodorre mccarrick. elw, cardinal daniel dinardo, president of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops, is asking for a prompt and thorough
examination into how mccarrick's behavior was tolerated for so long. back in pennsylvania today, the first known lawsuit since the grand jury report was filed. james seder claims father john hail began abusing him in 1979 when he was 12 years old. alan pare is his lawyer. >> the church had information about these pedophile priests, and covered it up. >> reporter: pennsylvania attorney general josh shapiro told me he has spoken with at least a dozen other attorneys general and the department of justice. his office has a victim's hot line, and, john, he said they've received more than 700 calls since the report's release. i dickerson: those calls will probably keep coming. tikki battiste, thanks so much. tsconsin got the last thing it needed today-- more rain. flash flooding last night washed out roads, as much as 11 inches of rain fell. recow was stranded on a flooded
street in coon valley. and then there's the heat. 17 states from missouri to maine were under heat advisories or warnings today. some schools in massachusetts, connecticut, and pennsylvania canceled classes. f hit 92 today in portland, maine-- hotter than miami. edth the humidity, it felt like triple digits throughout the northeast. players wilted at the u.s. open in new york, including two-time champ novak djokovic. extra breaks were ordered to anovide some relief. arizonans voted today in a republican primary for the ibnate seat now held by senator jeff flake, and tributes continued for the man who long held arizona's other senate seat, john mccain. nancy cordes is in phoenix. >> reporter: south carolina's lindsey graham traveled the world with john mccain and backed his two bids for the white house. >> he failed a lot, but he never quit. and the reason we're talking about him today, and the reason
i'm crying is because he was successful in spite of his iilures. m theporter: but the mccain strain of politics is largely absent from the g.o.p. primary to replace retiring senator jeff flake. >> i'm not a racist. ri reporter: the top contenders include former sheriff joe g paio, convicted of wrongly detaining mexican migrants, later pardoned by president trump. >> was sheriff joe convicted for doing his job? 'sat's what. >> reporter: there's also dr. kelli ward, a far-right inndidate who suggested this week that mccain halted his mmentment to hurt her in some way. >> my comments were in no way directed at senator mccain. >> reporter: congresswoman martha mcsally is considered the establishment candidate, but the former fighter pilot has swung right, too. >> like our president, i'm tired of p.c. politicians and their b.s. excuses. >> reporter: mccain, by
contrast, enlisted a local democrat, tommy espinoza, to co- chair his first senate race in 1982. >> when i look at arizona, look at all the republican campaigns. they're all, you know-- i'm going to have a strong wall, i'm going to keep the immigrants lit. tohn mccain never drank that kool-aid. waseporter: mccain's friends tell me he was disappointed in the tenor of the senate primary pre, but he himself was not entirely immune to the pressure to please the base, embracing controversial causes from time la time, like the confederate flag, a move he later came to regret. john. >> dickerson: nancy cordes for l in phoenix, thanks, nancy. senator mccain will lie in state tomorrow in the arizona state capitol building, and in the u.s. capitol on friday. when he is laid to rest on sunday, the pallbearers will include retired air force colonel and former p.o.w. john fer. he and mccain shared a cell hisk in vietnam.
i talked to fer today about his memories of mccain. >> i woke up on sunday morning and found that he had died. i was absolutely devastated. because this man's gone rlysically now from-- from this world. >> dickerson: you spent two atars with john mccain. you talked about walking-- >> i did. r dickerson: --pacing the cell. aiat did you talk about? rom was your interaction like? >> oh, i picked his brains big time. ccwanted to find out from him what it was to be a military leader and be successful at it. we talked about leadership. i'm walking with two perfectly good legs, and my arms are ednctional, and john is walking stiff-legged and his arm askew because it didn't heal right. but a cigarette dangling out of the corner of his mouth, he loved to smoke. he said "i wanted to read
geerything i missed over the five and a half years i was captive." and john shared with us all of those things he'd digested before that time. >> dickerson: he was the entertainment. >> he was the entertainment. d dickerson: he was the storyteller on the campaign trail, but that started in-- in the cells. >> it did, it did. and we wanted it. friday and saturday night was movie night, or literature night. he could emulate the character and the mannerisms of the characters he was describing so very, very well. r reprised, you know, "a christmas carol." did you ever hear that story? h dickerson: tell it. >> okay, they said, "let's this christmas season have a christmas play, 'a christmas carol'. we don't have a script. we will have to ad lib all this stuff." first thing, mccain will be scrooge. that's the kind of stuff he was in. he was animated. >> dickerson: you will be a pallbearer. what will be going through your head do you think? >> i'll cry. i'm on the edge of it right now. i miss him.
i miss him a lot. you know, and i think-- i think i miss john so much because he never forgot us. w.hn never forgot the other ho.w.s, never did. he-- he's a good man, and i can't-- i can't talk about him w the past. he's just-- he's still with me. >> dickerson: yeah. >> and he always will be. i think those of us that got to nkow him and shared jokes and, you know, jibes, i think we all feel that same way. he can't get rid of us. ( laughs ) >> dickerson: i'll have more of my interview with john fer tomorrow on "cbs this morning." coming up next on the "cbs evening news," aretha franklin's fans turn a farewell into a celebration. in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. have you smelled this litter? no.
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and she made quite an entrance. demarco morgan is there. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the start of aretha franklin's public viewing had crowds that were fit for a queen, and so was her arrival in in a classic 1940 white cadillac lasalle, and in a gold-plated casket. but as she laid in repose, she ilill found a way to dazzle, chgs crossed in a red cocktail dress, and matching stilettos. meousands from around the country came to detroit's african american history museum, many before dawn, to pay their last respects to the beloved icon. judy ross and georgia sands drove four hours to be here. is this a time to suffer? >> oh, no, we have to be rejoicing. >> with a little respect. >> with a lot of respect. >> reporter: raised in detroit since she was five, franklin found her voice in the motor city singing gospel at her vether's church. what type of impact do you think her legacy will have? >> she was a big impact to the
world and to the city of detroit, for that matter. >> reporter: many were overcome with emotion as they said todbye. others decided to celebrate the queen, in lyrical tribute. ♪ r-e-s-p-e-c-t find out what it means to me ♪ to reporter: hundreds of people are still filing in right here behind me to say their final goodbyes to the queen, and it's just day one of a well-planned tribute. john, the funeral is set for friday. >> dickerson: demarco morgan for us in detroit. thanks, demarco. still ahead, the song of the summer. have this unique combination of probiotics to help replenish good bacteria. get four-in-one symptom defense. also try our delicious new probiotic gummies. it's the final days of the ford summer sales event. ♪ there are only a few days left to take advantage of great deals like zero percent financing for sixty months
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>> dickerson: we end tonight with an update on an illinois girl whose two birthday wishes were granted. sofia sanchez met the rapper, drake, and yesterday, she got a life-saving heart transplant. here's don dahler. >> reporter: 11-year-old girls shouldn't face heart failure. they shouldn't wait on a eransplant list. 11-year-old girls should be dancing. ♪ ♪ so when the rapper drake saw sofia sanchez joyfully throwing herself into a song, despite being critically ill and desperately in need of a heart, he went to meet her. >> oh, my god! oh, my god! >> reporter: that gift was closely followed by another. gr you're getting a heart. >> congratulations! 'mng a heart, mom!
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"then i turned and i found my house" only on five: dergartner.. just thinking of what could have happened to my son on his way by himself. >> then i turned and i found my house. >> only on 5 a bay area kindergartner walks more than 2 miles home alone after he was left behind and forgotten on his first day of school. good evening. i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. little 5-year-old jackson had a long first day of kindergarten. he was supposed to be escorted to an after school program, but he fell through the cracks. not knowing what to do, he just started walking. kpix5's juliette goodrich spoke to jackson and his parents and they want answers from his school. juliette? >> reporter: they do want answers. you know, it was jackson's first day of kindergarten. imagine that. he was supposed to go to this after school program. well, he wasn't taken there. so he started walking home.
we're talking more than 2 1/2 miles to get home and his parent want to know how was he ever allowed to leave? >> i felt like he would be safe at school, but he wasn't. >> reporter: on jackson's first day of kindergarten his mom gets a phone call, not from the school but from jackson, more than an hour after school ended. >> he said mommy, i made it home. i was like jackson, you're supposed to be at school. why did you take your phone? i thought he took his phone to school. he said no, mommy. i'm at home. i said who brought you home? he said nobody. i walked. >> reporter: walked 2.6 miles home. his parents mapped the route from fairview elementary school which winds through downtown hayward to home. >> just thinking of what could have happened to my son on his way by himself. >> reporter: jackson's parents say after kindergarten their