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Nebraska State Prison. through two dozen proposals l\/fi m -**flr* »» iFJ.tf>f Lf't>f • • (Continued From Page 1) made contact with Sutherland when he arrived in Clovis and the two men drove in separate vehicles to a point about a mile and a half southeast of Clovis .on a county road. That is where the shooting took place. Evidence at the scene and an interview with the suspect indicated that the two men had stopped their cars. Sutherland apparently alighted from his vehicle and was standing on the road. He reportedly told officers officers he saw Pennington bend over, thought he might be going for a gun and shot the man once with the .,30 caliber carbine- type automatic weapon he was holding in his hands. Pennington then reportedly started to drive away. It was at that point that the additional bullets were fired at the driver of the car, prompting the later statement by the suspect that he didn't know why he kept shooting. Numerous bullet holes had punctured the driver and car, which traveled only a few yards before going into the left barrow ditch and coming to rest against the opposite incline. incline. Officers recovered 15 empty catridge cases from one point in {He dirt road." " " "" Later information to officers indicated that the man with the gun drove up to the stalled car after the shooting, looked in and saw the driver slumped over in the seat, then drove away south along the road. After his arrest, Sutherland took officers to a point two miles south and a half-mile west of the shooting site. There, in the weeds behind a utility pole the automatic .weapon was found. The shooting occured about, 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, t Shortly before 2 p.m., two farmers driving along that road saw the car and driver lying over in the seat. They stopped at the State Police district headquarters on .East Mabry Drive to report a ''drunk" in his car. Agent Dodgin went to the scene, expecting to pick up the keys to a drunk's car so the man couldn't drive in that condition. Instead, he found the bullet-riddled body of Pennington. Pennington. The time was 2:02 p.m. Almost exactly three hours later—at 5:03 p.m.—Sutherland was arrested at the home of his father, Robert G. Sutherland, 1509 Ross, by Dodgin, Rickerson, Hodge and CPD Chief of Detectives Caleb Chandler." ~ **"' ~" .Investigating officers found letters 'in XF £ne aeld ;;: maifs possessions which provided leads, but the principal clue was a Clovis telephone number written' on a piece of paper found in Pennington's wallet. A court order was obtained to determine the name of the phone subscriber to whom the number was assigned. Officers checked at that address and found a car bearing South Carolina plates parked at the home. Pennington's older model Dodge had also carried South Carolina plates. Sutherland offered no Jr. holds 9 short, .30 death of Calvin R. Pennington (center) and Sheriff's arrested James Clyde Public. • t (Continued From Page J) northwest Washington, the Senate Senate Watergate committee's will release its 1,000-plus page report. The committee goes out of business Friday, but some of its general conclusions have already been given to repor- -ters. The report does not discuss President Nixon's role, since that is being investigated by the House Judiciary Committee. Committee. It is expected to say that administration officials and Nixon political aides abused . both the governing machinery and the electoral process. In other developments : -The Watergate committee discusses a separate report today, from Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., on what role the Central Intelligence Agency played in Watergate . proposed transfer building to the Library. This move cause the library $60,000 federal grant. Bell noted that the Army goes they going to get the further explained that the Army could do action would be to loss of the funds, time the transaction and anger within the Bell added that at time a Pentagon had informed him Army has placed order upon possible building. This holding carried out, would transfer at least 60 •could possible altogether. The Pentagon said that the holding been given to the a request was the local (Clovis) people." Bell he had been in touch 6th Army in San HEW in Dallas building and that they very cooperative in remove the holding However, Bell it is possible the be removed and the might be halted. He Domenici was Matter and that "If we will go all the Secretary of the to secure the r ^He ,$dd.gd t - tjiat, expected on the 24 hours. requirements will be Deaths Hospital. (Continued From younger persons and require more time from illness. Another mentioned was persons are being outside of the hospital most of the urinal treatments administered hospital . resistance when appr'oached by J^'n/ormation the officers at his father's £".£' e " r !? |ls ^ home. He was found there with estimate whal the his father and Kathleen Pennington, Pennington, neither of whom knew about the shooting, according to officers. Asst. District Attorney Richard Rowley II supervised the booking and taking of a statement from Sutherland at the Clovis Police Department late Tuesday. There was some uncertainty at first about the name of the shooting victim. His South Carolina driver's license bore the name, "John L. Pennington." Pennington." Agent Rickerson said a check with South Carolina authorities late Tuesday revealed that Pennington had a record of several traffic violations, although no criminal record. It was theorized that he may have used the alias to obtain a driver's license. In the backseat of Pennington's Pennington's bullet-riddled car was cardboard box of freshly laundered shirts and trousers, a construction worker's har- dhat and a leather tool belt. A carton of Winston cigarettes bearing South Carolina tax stamps was on the floorboard in the front. Also found among Pennington's Pennington's possessions was a South Carolina court order dated June 10,1974, in which he was swarded custody of two children, David Pennington, 7, and Joseph Pennington, 3! Kathleen Pennington was named as defendant in the action. Rickerson said Mrs. Pennington Pennington was believed to have been in Clovis about a month. She is employed at the Levi Strauss plant here. Sutherland's address was 402 Wallace in Clovis. Conviction on a first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory death penally a 1973 New Mexico law. Pearl PORTALES eral services for McWilliams, 67, Tuesday at Roosevelt Hospital, will be Thursday at Wheeler Chapel in Portales. will officiate and in Portales Cemetery. She is survived McWilliams of son, Jim McWilliams daughter, Mrs. Marie both of Clovis; grandchildren and one grandchild. Pallbearers will Clayton, Rex Skinner, Clarence Clark and M. C. Wheeler Mortuary "barge of arrangement. CLOVIS MEMBER AUDIT OF CIRCULATION BV LITTLE MERCHANT 12.25 monthly in u> Curry and surrounding $24.00 (or we year, months; J7.0Q foi $2.50 for on* rnontJ). OMtside Clows trade $27.00 for one year; $7.5fl lor

Clipped from Clovis News-Journal26 Jun 1974, WedPage 2

Clovis News-Journal (Clovis, New Mexico)26 Jun 1974, WedPage 2
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