Keith hearing Jan. 1975
Copies Daily Copy 15 Cents 30 PAGES TODAY Keith Acquitted By Reason Of Insanity Miles OK'd locate them be more they also under each of $6,000 capita. also said a at were Beach, homes by another serious and Pell looting. line the then over 3, Col. 6 By DON ZIMMERMAN Progress Staff Writer BELLEFONTE - The murder trial of George Allen Keith, accused slayer of 12- year-old Tracy Stetler of Cold Stream, Philipsburg, ended yesterday with his acquittal. A three-judge panel in Centre County Criminal Court ruled that Keith, 28, of Morrisdale R.D., was not guilty of the crime on the grounds of insanity. The ruling does not mean, however, that Keith will go free. The panel further found Keith to be a threat to society and ordered him held in jaU until he can be committed to a mental institution. Commitment Commitment proceedings were scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 20, at 1:30 p.m. The verdict brought an end Quick Tax Cut Action Promised By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -President -President Ford has won a pledge from the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to act quickly on a recession- fighting tax cut of about $15 billion. Rep. Al Ullman, D-Ore,, who is expected to become chairman in the new Congress of the committee that initiates all tax legislation, told newsmen after a Friday night conference conference with Ford: "I think we have the ingredients for fast action to get relief to the American people." Ford outlined his tax cut plan to Ullman and called Republican congressional leaders -- Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania and Rep. John J. Rhodes of Arizona -- to the White House today for a similar preview of legislation he will propose next week in his State of the Union address. address. While predicting the Ways and Means Committee will make changes in the economic blueprint, Ullman said Ford's plan "encompasses "encompasses much of what I support." The Oregonian, acting chairman of the committee since Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., was hospitalized last month, would not disclose the President's proposals. But Ullman said they were "in to one of the most bizarre and intriguing murder cases in the history of Centre or Clearfield counties. Miss Stetler, a junior high student at Philipsburg, disappeared on the evening of March 11, 1974, while returning to her home from the Moshannon Valley YMCA. An all-night search failed to find the missing girl, but two nigh school students discovered her body in the yard of a vacant home in Philipsburg's Edgehill section early on March 12. She had been stabbed in the throat. State police from the Hollidaysburg barracks set up a mobile investigation center in Philipsburg to study the case. Acting on a tip from the Clearfield borough police department, authorities investigated Keith. They found that he had a history of assaults of women using a knife, that he owned knife similar to the one found at the murder scene, and that he had been at the Pioneer Tap Room in Philipsburg on the evening of March 11. A nationwide search for Keith was initiated. He was arrested by Mexican authorities in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, and deported to El Paso, Tex., where FBI agents arrested him on April 1. Keith was returned to Centre County and lodged in the County Prison at Bellefonte. After several delays in his trial, Keith's attorney, Centre County Public Defender Robert L. Martin, entered a not guilty plea on the grounds of insanity insanity and requested a non- jury trial. Centre County Judge R. Paul Campbell granted the request and received permission from the State Supreme Court to have a special three-judge panel hear the case on Dec. 10 and 11. Judges Morris M. Terrizzi of Huntingdon County and R. Lee Zeigler of Mifflin County joined Judge Campbell on the bench Dec. 10 and 11 to hear the case. In the meantime, Keith was among eight Centre County Prison inmates inmates to escape on Dec. 1. turned himself in the following evening at a farm house at Runville near Wingate. District Attorney Charles C. Brown Jr. presented a convincing, although circumstantial, circumstantial, case indicating that Keith had indeed killed Miss Stetler. Major Commonwealth testimony included three Please Turn to'Page 3, Col.