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 - TESTIMONY— (Continued from Page 1) an 1 his...
TESTIMONY— (Continued from Page 1) an 1 his wife, who was in the courtroom courtroom throughout the day, left the j courthouse arm-in-arm Wednesday j ni rht. The body of Mellvita Sackett was found in a pecan grove just off the Sand Dune Road about eight miles north of Liberty on Saturday, October October 17. Johnston was arrested the fol- j lowing day in Tulsa, Okla., and Sheriff Rose went to Tulsa and brought him back. In a signed statement to the sheriff, Johnston said Mis. Sackett jumped from his 1936 pick-up truck two miles from where the body was found .and he picked her up, drove her to the shack and had sexual relations relations with her. He said she was unconscious all the while, and after he tried to revive her and failed, he “got scared and left.” The 11 jurors picked to serve by Wednesday night were: L. M. Spinn and ,J. ('. Rice, both of Cleveland; Ray Holub, Liberty: J. W. i’hal- fant, Daisetta; J. J. Basham, Hull; M. C. Crocker, Liberty; 11. H. Hill, Dayton; L. Pattillo, Hardin; Samuel Samuel I). Wells, Cleveland; A. N. Gunter, Marysee, and J. E. Shipman, Shipman, Jr., Dayton. Former district attorney C. 1». Cain, acting as a special prosecut- tor, was taking the lead in acting for the state. County Attorney W. (5. Woods and District Attorney Grover C. Lowe are hacking him up at the council table. Defense Attorney Little played a lone hand on the opening day of the trial, but he was joined at the council table Wednesday by his partner, Joe Zorn, also of Baytown. I ; !

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  1. The Liberty Vindicator,
  2. 15 Apr 1954, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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