January 1975 Keith hearing

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January 1975 Keith hearing - Moshonnon Volky. PP.. Soturdoy, Jonuory 11.J975...
Moshonnon Volky. PP.. Soturdoy, Jonuory 11.J975 Keith 11, St. a d e l y n ) Mrs. a at of a.m. Home 2 to 4 and Francis Miss and two Sr. Harchuck, Altoona the the Co. Co. an avid and death held the Rev. Park. at p.m. 12:30 time (FromPagel)--·-- witnesses wh'o identified Keith as the man they saw running from the area of the murder at about 9 p.m. March 11 and the identification identification of Keith's fingerprint fingerprint in blood on a school athletic booster badge worn by Miss Stetier on the evening of the murder. Mr. Martin never attempted attempted to refute the evidence of the physical act of murder, but rather produced psychiatric evidence to establish the mental history of Keith. Two psychiatrists, one called by the defense and one called by the Commonwealth, indicated indicated that Keith suffered from chronic un- differentiatedschizophenia, a general loss of contact with reality, and psycho-motor epilespy, characterized by periods of fainting, dizziness and loss of memory. Both doctors concluded that Keith was insane at the time of the killing. Keith himself stunned the sparse courtroom crowd when he took the stand and recounted an incident he claimed occurred in 1965 at a Vietnamese outpost he called PO-1. Keith, who said he was working on a secret mission, described following and killing a Viet Cong female. His description of the Vietnamese Vietnamese village closely matched a description of the area of Philipsburg from the YMCA to the murder scene. His account of the killing in Vietnam closely matched a police and coroner's reconstruction of the Stetier murder, including the loss of a knife and a folded one dollar bill at the scene. Army records, however, show that Keith was never in Vietnam. A third psychiatrist, called by the court, testified that he agreed with the two previous evaluations of Keith's mental disorders, but said he felt Keith was sane at the tune of the killing, acting out of displaced rage at his ex-wife. In his half-hour summation yesterday morning, Mr. Martin asked the court to rule in the best interests of society and his client. He said the choice was one between punishment and treatment of Keith. Mr. Brown said that was not the question, but that the real matters at hand were the facts of the case and how the law related to them. Mr. Brown said Keith never mentioned the PO-1 story until after the Stetier murder. He added Keith had lied on other occasions--about his whereabouts on the evening of the murder, about a head wound he claimed he received in Vietnam and about the story of the killing in Vietnam. Said Brown of the Vietnam killing story, "In fact, - he (Keith) has described to this court how he killed Tracy Stetier." Mr. Brown attempted to satisfy the Commonwealth's s burden of proving that Keith was sane at the time of murder, indicating that witnesses testified that Keith did not appear unusual until later on the evening of March 11 after he had allegedly killed Miss Stetier. "The Commonwealth has proven beyond a reasonable doubt through its own witnesses witnesses and evidence that George Allen Keith killed Tracy Stetier," said Mr. Brown. He concluded,"... (Keith) was responsible as the actor for the death of Tracy Stetier and responsible for guilt in her death." The three judges, however, did not agree, and in fact, did not even deliberate very long. Final arguments were completed at 11 a.m. and Judge Campbell recessed court until 1:30 p.m. Although the session was twenty minutes late in starting, Judge Campbell read a typed verdict and disposition indicating the court had found Keith not guilty by reason of insanity. Mr. Brown was directed to act as petitioner to institute the commitment proceedings under Section 406 of the state Mental Health Act. "The court further finds," read Judge Campbell, "that on the basis of present psychiatric and medical testimony, the defendant is a threat to society and should remain in strict custody until such time as medical science has advanced to the point that it can assure the court that the defendant may be safely released." Keith, wearing brown coveralls, apparently prison garb, and sporting a mustache grown while in jail, took the verdict with the same emotionless gaze he displayed throughout the trial. He was taken immediately to a sheriff's car outside the courtroom and transported to Rockview State Correctional Institution. Although the Stetier trial is over, Keith must still face at Quick SHAPP CONGRATULATES NEW Shapp admires the oversize State Rep. Herbert Fineman State House of Representatives (FromPagel) have said that figure is about $15 billion. The Ways and Means chief said he was not enthusiastic about an idea that Ford has been considering -- to achieve the reduction by sending tax rebate checks for 1974 to taxpayers. It was uncertain whether this feature would surive when the President puts the finishing finishing touches on his recommendations recommendations for pumping money into the hands of consumers in order to spur the sagging economy. Still being worked on, too, was the question of offsetting the impact of a $3-a-barrel levy on both imported and domestic crude oU that Ford will seek as a means of encouraging encouraging · energy conservation. conservation. The upshot would be an increase of about seven cents a gallon for gasoline. Some $18 billion would be raised by a combination of higher tariffs and excises on oil. The administration wants to return the money to the spending stream via tax cuts that would be in addition to the $15 billion reduction. Ford's Labor-Management Committee, representing big Ex-Sen. Harris In Race CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -Former -Former Sen. Fred R. Harris of Oklahoma announced his candidacy today for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, calling for an attack on forces preventing "full employment and fair taxes." Harris, 44, told a news conference he would run "a people's campaign -- both in strategy and in beliefs." Harris, who calls himself a "new populist," stressed economic problems as the central theme of his campaign. campaign. "The basic question in 1976 is whether our government will look after the interests of the average family or continue continue to protect the super rich and the giant corporations," he said. "Both the economy and the politics of our country are in deep trouble. Too few people have all the money and power, and most people have little or none." He said 1976 offers an opportunity opportunity to give all Americans "a fair chance and a fair share. "What stands in the way is privilege. Privilege is the issue. It prevents full employment employment and fair taxes. It drives up prices and corrupts democracy. "We must lower taxes for most Americans and raise them for the Nelson Rockefellers and J. Paul Gettys. We must stop the Exxons and the Safeways from using their monopoly power to squeeze out competitors competitors and then overcharge consumers. "The government must stop emptying the pockets of those who have to work for billion tax plus tax, return. John the rather rebate -The before be has said -Perm p o $12 New the their to effort. that those in living in order to the Lockheeds and the Penn Centrals." Harris has visited New Hampshire sue times since August, laying the groundwork groundwork for his campaign. He has met with students and with other voters in groups, seeking volunteer workers. Harris is the third person announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination. least two more days in court. He was charged with escape and aggravated assault following the prison breach in December and will be the subject of the commitment proceedings on Jan. 20. subsidize the Penn * so of

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  1. The Progress,
  2. 11 Jan 1975, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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