William Trent Ragland Murdered
was Ma of mass - j heldj Ful - the ef Isle up the; atl a and to chief invasion that the nor aj po Wealthy Businessman Is Slain In Raleigh RALEIGH. W A Florida hobo faced a first - deeree murder charge today iii the rifle slaying of William Trent Ragland, 64 year - old wealthy Kaleigh busmessm; in Zenith - - - - , all - of I Lloyd Burton Walker, 25, was; arrested Sunday after a wild chase by police down a busy Raleigh boulevard. About the same time, Ragland's body was found! at his secluded cabin on the edge ot the city. Police said they started the chase lor Walker, who was re leased from the Polk Prison Camp earner in the day, alter two teen agers said their car had been stolen at gunpoint. The youths. said their car collided with a Cad illac, which belonged to Ragland. Walker was captured after a police car rammed the vehicle. He was described by officers as and screaming when re moved from the car. Walker was taken to a hospital, then lodged in Wake County Jail after he was given a sedative. Officers found Ragland's body when they went to inform him that his Cadillac had been in the collision. They said the cabin was a shambles and a pet dog lay nearby, also shot. Mrs. Ruth D. Duval, who lives near Ragland's cabin in the rural Cary area, identified Walker as who had broken into her I home earlier Sunday. She said she cnased turn away with a hammer. Solicitor (Prosecutor) Lester V. Chalmers said he would seek the death penalty for Walker. Chal mers said robbery was the ap parent motive as Walker had $2561 on his person when apprehended. Walker said he came to North Carolina in May by accident. He told police he planned to go to the Indianapolis 500 - mile race, but took the wrong tram. Convicted of vagrancy in June and given a 6 - month suspended sentence in Raleigh City Court, he appealed to Superior Court. There he received a 60 - day road sentence which was not suspend - j e& It was from that sentence that! he was released a few hours before Ragland's body was found. walker said he was a native of Texas. He gave his last address s a Leesburg, Fla., motel. Ragland was chairman of the board of Superior Stone Co. division of the American Marietta Co. of Chicago. He organized Superior: m 1939 and was its president until 1954 when his son, William Trent Ragland Jr., took over the post. Superior was merged with the Chicago firm several months ago. Besides his widow and' son, he is survived by another son, Wil liam R. Ragland, of Raleigh; sister, Mrs. Edgar B. Neff of Little Rock, Ark., and five grand children. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd at li a.m. Tuesday. Civil Rights Issue Gets New Life WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee tackles the civil rights issue again to - jday amid signs that leaders of both parties are hopeful .of an early breakthrough. The committee, at its meeting last week, overrode the opposition of Chairman James O. Eastland (D - Miss) and other Southerners and voted 10 - 5 to take a bill up for consideration. The bill, called just a skeleton by advocates of stronger legislation, would extend the life of the civil rights commissio.i from Sept. 9 of this year until Jan. 31, 1961. It also would require that voting records be preserved for up to three years ami be made avail able to the atorney general upom demand for use in investigations! or auegea aeruai ot voting rights. Numerous proposed amend ments are expected from both sides. Discussion of these could on indefinitely, particularly if, the committee should adhere toj regular schedule of meeting oniy once a week. However, Sen. Everett M. Dirk - sen (R - Ill), a committee member and the Senate GOP Leader, said he had been assured that at least! two meetings will be held this week. Eastland, when asked about this by a reporter, said he had no com ment. Dirksen also told newsmen that an effort would be made to limit l. debate on each amendment to 10 or id minutes to a sioe.