Mar. 27, 1962 Abilene, TX
District Attorney Says Youth Not Guilty of Murder Lufkin (API -- Two youths are being tried for murder al-'j though the slate and defense take the view they are innocent. Testimony started today in the case of Robert Rothrock. 18. and Eddie Kimble, 16, both of I.ufkin. They are accused in the r i f l 2 s h t ' r ' slaying I'eb. 21, 19CI. of Jackie Mcrriam, 14. 1 Jnfcn - y G Â»cn so'x'vÂ«ai Lawyers agreed mi a jury 10 men and two women Monday, j At one point in the questioning|i ol prospective jurors, Dist. Ally. Hulon Brown said: j l J a m "These two youllis are no m o guilty of murder than 1 am. worked longer and harder on case than any other, and I've yet to find evidence that Ihe two 1 " . ,2 Anni'Ue \ \ i l l i are guilty of murder. p Bin iian;.v Shortly after young Momam!'Â·?!," was found dend of a rifle wound. ? Lufkin officers .said they uereil c fold he had feared Rothrook n n Kimble \\ - cre nut to get him lr-' ] r j - v cause Merriam loVI their prircnts i they hnri loll home without per-; 1 mission. j ^lAr]lPON JUMOB man Brown said lie wanted to p r sent all the state's evidence Uien ask acquittal. )i fi'ioi' rU'i^ He told newsmen he is taking!! the case to (rial because of a n "lot of publicity" given il and ; cause the youths have been, 2 1 ' l '" :y "convicted in the minds of a her of people." " '-Â·Â·Â·Â· - ".---"