Article on shooting death of Calvin Rolen Pennington of Greer, S.C. in Clovis, NM

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Article on shooting death of Calvin Rolen Pennington of Greer, S.C.  in Clovis, NM - t Charged In Murder Enters P lea Of innocent...
t Charged In Murder Enters P lea Of innocent Managing Editor "I shot him once and then just kept shooting as the car started away. I don't know why I kept shooting." Those reportedly are the words of James Clyde Sutherland j a 33-year-old Clovis service station worker who was charged late Tuesday with first degree murder in the shooting death of Calvin Rolen Pennington, 32, of Greer, S. C. Sutherland, arrested three minutes after five o'clock Tuesday by State Police agents and a deputy sheriff at the home of his father, gave a statement to investigating officers, then appeared before Magistrate Val Baumgart where he pleaded not guilty to the first degree murder charge. Baumgart set bond at $100,000. Sutherland was transferred to the Curry County Jail where he remains today. The body of Pennington, bearing a number of bullet wounds, was taken to Albuquerque by State Police plane late Tuesday for an autopsy by forensic pathologists. Spearheading the investigation were Agent Bob Dodgin of the State Police intelligence division ; Agent \y. H; Rickerson of the criminal in'- " vestigation division 'of the State Police; and Gene Hodge, Curry County Deputy Sheriff, Also involved were other State Police, members of the sheriff's department and detectives of the Clovis Police Department. From information pieced together during the investigation, it appeared that the shooting stemmed from a triangle involving the two men and Kathleen Pennington, estranged wife of the dead man. Pennington had arrived in Clovis from South Carolina early Tuesday morning, reportedly to locate his wife and to talk to Sutherland, with whom she had been associating here. Dodgin said Pennington (See MURDER Page 2) *** *** *** *** BULLET RIDDLED—State Police officers search for clues in the bullet riddled car of a young South Carolina man, Calvin R: Pennington, who was shot to death Tuesday with an automatic weapon on a rural road southeast of Clovis. A noisy irrigation pump near the scene may have served to muffle the shots that killed Pennington. Participating in preliminary stages of the investigation were state policemen Emmitt Sparks and Jim Jenkins (left) and state police criminal investigator W.H. Rickerson (center). (Staff Photo) Army Blocks Library Move By STEVETABOR Staff Writer With only minutes to go on a deadline for transferring the old post office building at 4th and Mitchell over to Clovis and Curry County, the local Army Reserve unit reportedly pulled a "maneuver" through the Pentagon to secure rights to the building for a reserve training center, The Army's move has at least temporarily blocked the transfer of the building to the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The building which is under the auspices of the General Services Administration (GSA) vices Center, The proposed transaction would have swapped the Services Center to the library for their building at Eighth and Mitchell. The trade had been proposed due to the excess amount of space within the old post office building which was not needed by the Regional Services Center personnel. The transfer would have given the county and city room to expand the present library while the present Clovis-Carver building would provide adequate space for the educational center, Upon receiving word of the "maneuver" Sen. Pete

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  1. Clovis News-Journal,
  2. 26 Jun 1974, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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