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to to I of all the to in of Neighbor Denies He Is Slayer By JACK KARIE A WEB of circumstantial evidence was being woven yesterday around a man held for the murders of Mr. and Mrs. James Fine, police disclosed last night. Alexander W. (Nic) Nixon, 56, of 408 E. Pierce, according to police, has been, positively identified by three key witnesses in the case. A blood-stained shirt was found at his home. Detective Sgt. Fred Nichols said Nixon has told several conflicting stories as to his activities Friday when the bodies of Fine, 84, and his wife, Lillie, 71, were found shot through the head in their home at 707 N. Fourth St. The cheroot-smoking Nixon, officers said, was Identified as the man seen jumping ever a locked gate at the Ftao home and again Identified as the man who hid Fine's stolen wallet and a pistol under boards at Fifth Street and Taylor. Detectives Andrew Ohms and Ted Barry arrested Nixon when they met him at his apartment at 4ME.-Pierce and n«>t«4.b« fitted a, description supplied by witnesses. YESTERDAY the stoic 56-year, old cable splicer was picked from a lineup at police headquarters by Edward Davis, pressman for The Arizona Republic, and by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Overton, 715 N. Fourth St., neighbo/s of the Fines. The Overtoils said they saw Nixon Jump the gate at the rear of the Fine home at 3:41 p.m. the day of the double murder. Davis told officers Nixon's the man who ditched what officers believe is the murder weapon, although a ballistics check has not been made. The pressman said he recognized Nixon because he had seen him "several times" previously when Nixon shot pool in Sportsman's Bar in the Phoenix Greyhound Bus Station. "JUST NOSEY, I guess-when you see someone run you get suspicious," Davis said in explaining why he went to the excavation to see what the man had hidden under the boards, After Nixon was identified, Sgt. Nichols and Ohms went to his apartment and found the blood-splotched shirt, and a half-empty box of .M caliber bullets. He claimed to have played cards most of the afternoon with his roommate and another acquaintance identified as William • E. La wrens, 31, of 745 E. Pierce. The roommate failed to support his claim, Nichols said. SGT. ROBERT McCann put out a five-state alert to locate Lawrens for questioning. He is said to fcf driving a 1954 white Cadillac with California license plate number KCC463, McCann said. Nixon explained the bloodstains on his turquoise-colored shirt by saying it was splotched with his own blood when he was injured in a fight two years ago in the Sportsman's Bar. Sgt. Nichols claims the bloodstains are fresh, However, Davis told officers the (ConUnuer on Page M, Col 1) DENIES SLAYING—Alexander (Nic) Nixon, 56, right, is shown here while being questioned by Detectiye Andrew Ohmis. Detectives claim they have enough circumstantial evidence against Nixon to hold him for the slaying Friday of Mr. and Mrs. James Fine. The couple's bullet-pierced bodies were found in their home at 707 N. Fourth St." Flagstaff Senior Miss Coconino FLAGSTAFF (Special)— Sharon Grant, 17-year-old Flagstaff High School senior, was crowned Miss Coconino County yesterday to climax the i960 county fair. Miss Grant, only last week selected as Miss Air Fair by Flagstaff Jaycees, will represent Coconino County in this year's Miss Arizona contest at the state fairgrounds in Phoenix, THE WINNING beauty is 5 feet 4% inches tall, measures 34^-2236 and is a blue-eyed blonde. Runnerup in the beauty contest, witnessed by 500 persons who Itelped the three-day fair at tendance set an all-time record of 32,000, was Miss Barbara Powell, 20-year-old Flagstaff secretary. Last year's Miss Coconino County—Georgia Ann Garbarino— is in Atlantic City as Miss Arizona in the Miss America competition, AN EXHIBIT—Sgt. Robert McCann, left, and Sgt. Fred Nichols examine spots of blood on shirt found in apartment of Nixon, at 408 E. Pierce.—(Republic Photos, Jack Karie) The Republic Goldwater Says Democrat Platform Is 'Manifesto' SENATOR GOLDWATER in speech in Portland, Ore., claims Democratic platform is 'manifesto', and 'scares' him. Page 21, • Lover's Lane Murder The body of 17-year-old Mary Lily Roberts, abducted by a lover's lane gunman Thursday near Herrin, III, is found stuffed in a well with bullet hole in head. Page 8, t Medical Aid Vote Today It's No Treat For No Street QUAKER STREET, N.Y, (AP) Attention all hands at the Internal Revenue Service: Quaker Street is not a street—it's a hamlet in Schenectady Cou«ty, And its 200 residents get tired of waiting for their tax refunds. Every year when Quaker Streeters mail out their tax returns, they naturally list their address as Quaker Street. The information is processed through accounting machines and the refund checks are made out. But every year someone stamps them "No City Listed." So Quaker Streeters wait and wait for their refunds.