Result of Abbott Trial
Front Probation Officer Judge Jones Withholds Sentence 01 Â· o rÂ» T TÂ» ^ In hlaymg Cases Fending Keport Two murder cases were dis- u r y ) It Circuit Court at Chatham yes- terday when a 27-year-old Dan- ville man pleaded guilty to sec- ond degree murder and a 40- year-old Danville man was j found guilty of unlawful wound- ing. Judge Langhorne Jones with- held sentence of both Berkeley Donald Bobbitt and John Acreej oh them. Bobbitt, charged with the pis- tol slaying of Sue Ann Keister, 15, last April 9, changed his plea to guilty when the court convened yesterday morning. The second degree m u r d e r charge carries a penalty of five to twenty years. Abbott pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering Robert Both Abbott and Henry (Red) Perkins testified they had been drinking both whisky and can- ned heat at a party at the cabin on the night Milchem died. Abbott told the court he fell asleep but awoke to see Mit- chem standing over his brother, Roy Abbott, with a hatchet. He testified he scuffled with Mit- chem and finally wrested the Lee Mitchem, 52, last May 24 hatchet away. Then Mitchem car it ex- so e d with En- one Abbott until a probation o f f i - i a t a cabin just north of Dan- slumped to the floor and cer's report can be prepared iville but waived a jury trial, jam! his brother left, thinking Mitchem was asleep, Abbott said. He added they returned to the cabin the following morning to find Mitchem dead but lying in the same position they had left him. . . A Memorial Hospital path- in a warrant | ologist said he eol]]d not say wilh certainty which did cause death. After hearing the evidence, Officers Drops Fleeing Man With A W ell-Timed Tackle "It was a perfect tackle," a w e d uniformed policemen and spectators agreed yester- day after watching Detective Wade Groff stop a man flee- ing arrest. Groff threw the tackle in the middle of M a i n St. in Apartment 5. He is named charging felonious assault on Hattie Carter of 1326 Abbott St. front of the Trailway-Grey- hound Bus Station. He was off duty at the time and was waiting in his car in front of the telephone company office where his wife works when, he saw a man arrested at the bus station leap from a police car and dart across Main.St. in front of traffic. Groff jumped from his car and met the man in the middle of the street with his perfectly timed tackle. Officer J. C. Lewis said he and Sgt F. H. Duncan, Jr., had spotted Ronald James Smith, 28, of Ridgeway in the bus station and recognized him as a man who has been wanted here for over a year. They arrested him and Lew- is brought him out of the sta- tion and put him in the po- lice cruiser. But as Lewis was walking around to the The woman is in Winslow Judge Jones found Abbott guilty Hospital with a badly battered of unlawful wounding, and swollen face. Her injuries Roy Abbott, 32, had been include a broken nose, frac- charged with murder in the tured jaw, broken ribs and same case at the same time cuts over both eyes. as his older brother but had For Lewis, the a s s a u l t P ccn clea red when the warrant charge is the second sworn to against him was dismissed at against him in recent months a preliminary hearing. An earlier charge is to come A cnan ge of pleas in the Bob- up for trial in Corporation bltt trial nad been anticipated Court next Wednesday following a lengthy conference Officers said the Carter wo- in chambers Wednesday after- man told them Lewis came to noorl betwcen attorneys, W. Car- her house last Monday and \ rem 1 TM Thompson for the de- told her he was going to kill fcnse and Commonwealth's At- her. If he had to go to the l^TM* J Â° Seph M ' ^'^l; penitentiary, it was going to (f h o m P s o n represented Abbott be for a good reason, she 5Â°'L-Â« u j c ,, quoted him as saying. I. Bobbltt was charged follow- The woman said the man beat her and pulled a knife but she managed to run out as the couple, who were en- of her second floor apartment when her 12-year-old son in- tervened. Lewis, she told of- / i c e r s, overtook her and knocked her down the stair- way but fled when another oc- ing month, rode together on a secondary rode near Chatham. A deputy sheriff testified that Bobbitt told him he shot the girl one time after losing his temper during an argument.