Murder Suspect Pleads Innocent

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Murder Suspect Pleads Innocent - AP Wire photo PLFADS INNOCENT OF SLAYING - Alan...
AP Wire photo PLFADS INNOCENT OF SLAYING - Alan P. Slanlord, St. Johns County manager, tells newsmen he’s innocent of butcher slaying of his next door neighbor, former showgirl Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. Stanford pleaded innocent at a brief arraignment Tuesday in St. Augustine and was freed on $20,000 bond. Murder Suspect Pleads Innocent ST AUGUSTINE, Fla (AP) — St. Johns County Manager Alan P Stanford says he had nothing to do with the machete- slaying of former showgirl Athalia Ponsell Lindsley and his arrest is a terrible mistake Stanford vowed his innocence Tuesday and said five witnesses saw him at his office the evening his next-door-neighbor was hacked to death and nearly decapitated “I am totally innocent of this thing and I’ll put a lot of trust in the Lord.” Stanford, 49. said in an interview with the St. Augustine Record following his arraignment on a first degree murder charge. Stanford told the Record that five people saw him at his office between 6 and 7 p m Jan. 23, when the attractive wife of College Fees May Drop For Part Timers TALLAHASSEE. Fla (AP) — A proposal to change fees for Florida university students will be presented to the Board of Regents at its meeting Monday in Pensacola. Any student who takes more than nine credit hours is currently charged $190 a quarter in undergraduate schcol and $240 in graduate sch(X)l The proposed change would charge all students a $10 registration fee plus $12 for each undergraduate hour and $20 per graduate hour Most students take 15 credit hours, so it would mean little to them, said Hendrix Chandler, Regents corporate secretary But he said it would help part-time students while charging former Mayor James Lindsley was killed Lindsley said he last saw his wife alive at 5:30 p m that evening Her death was reported to the police department at 6:12 p.m Stanford said he had returned to his office that evening “to make sure that some permits we had worked on for months had been mailed out correctly.” He said he then stayed to study for his engineering registration. He was arrested last Friday. ‘‘All I can say is there’s been a terrible mistake,” said Stanford Stanford pleaded innocent at his arraignment before County Judge Charles Mathis and was released on a $20.000 bond “Stanford’s a stable citizen and I don’t expect he’ll be going anywhere,” said the judge. No date has been set for a preliminary hearing. Stanford told the Record that he would prefer to be tried in St. Augustine because “I am convinced the people of St. Johns County are reasonable and would give me a fair trial.” At Stanford's request, the St Johns County Commission has given him an indefinite leave of absence from his $20,000 a year post, pending the outcome of the murder trial Mrs. Lindsley appeared five times last year before the county commission, charging that Stanford was being paid too much because he was not a certified engineer in the state. Stanford said in the two vears he had lived next door to Mrs. Lindsley “there was prac- t i c a 1 I y no communication across the fence. I guess 1 talked to her less than five times.”

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  1. The Naples Daily News,
  2. 27 Feb 1974, Wed,
  3. Page 65

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