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Bundy  - Cops Comb Hills for Bundy ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -...
Cops Comb Hills for Bundy ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Officials concentrated their efforts in the hills near Aspen today in their search for accused slayer Theodore Bundy, who escaped from ,an empty Pitkin County courtroom Tuesday by jumping out a second-floor window. Bundy, charged with killing a the to 1, the Michigan nurse, was in court, for a pre-trial hearing when he made his bold escape during a 15-minute recess in the proceedings. R o a d b l o c k s w e r e i m - mediately set up around this Rocky Mountain resort town and on major highways as far as 90 miles away. A s h e r i f f ' s department spokeswoman said officials believe Bundy is still near Aspen and that the sale of guns and ammunition has been banned in the area. Two deputies had been assigned to guard Bundy during his appearance in District Court here, but a witness said she saw Bundy pacing alone in a courtroom just minutes before the escape. The Pitkin County sheriif's department confirmed that Bundy was left unguarded during the recess. But Sheriff 'Dick Kienast refused to com- ment on details of the escape, a spokeswoman said. BUndy, a 30-year-old former law student, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1975 slaying of a Dearborn, Mich., nurse, Caryn Campbell. Her nude, frozen body was found beside a rural road a month after she disappeared while vacationing in Aspen. The spokeswoman said the sheriff's department first learned of the escape when a workman walked into the sheriff's office in the basement of the courthouse and asked, "Is it unusual to have people jumping out of second story windows." A sweater left by the accused murderer in the courtroom was cut up into pieces to aid five scent dogs in tracking Bundy. The dog-teams worked into the night Tuesday trying to follow a scent left by Bundy when he jumped from the window, ran a half-mile along Main Street and fled into the- hills east of town. - : The scent dogs followed; · Bundy's trail from the cour--.. thouse but lost it in the Creek area about three miles ; northeast of Aspen, said Colleen Curtis, spokeswoman for the : sheriff's department. Photographs of the escapee were distributed throughout Aspen. Local radio stations : carried a police request that parents pick up their children school and take them directly ' home. A one-time worker for the; · R e p u b l i c a n P a Washington state, Bundy was-.: extradited from Utah to stand'. trial here. He is serving a year sentence in Utah for the-; 1974 kidnaping of a Salt Lake; City girl. Bundy had been taken to. Aspen for the hearing from the Garfield County jail in Glen-; wood Springs, where he was' being held for security reasons. Needs Sentenced to Life Term ACCUSED MURDERER TED BUNDY, shown here in a 1976 file photo, is the objecl of a massive manhunt today in the hills around Aspen, Colo. Bundy escaped Tuesday from the Pitkin County courthouse during a recess in a pre-trial hearing. (APWirephoto) BOISE, Idaho (API-Former Payette barmaid Sally Needs, 32, who was convicted earlier this month of murdering her husband Ron shortly after they were married, was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday by Fourth District Judge J. Ray Durtschi. Needs . was arrested last September in Los Angeles and charged with the killing of her husba.nd,whose p a r t i a l l y burned torso was found in the foothills between Boise and Emmett on June 29. In a statement to the court, Mrs. Needs said, "I maintain my innocence in this. I feel I truly am ihe only, one who knows the whole story...but I was not able to present an adequate defense." Before sentencing Mrs. Needs, Durtschi said, "I do feel there was competent evidence that the verdict could be validly reached and I accept that verdict." ' Needs will be taken in a few days to the Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise for processing, officials said, then will be transferred to a womanls federal prison in West Virginia. In his final' arguements, Ada County Prosecutor David Leroy asked burtschi to impose at least lite in prison, and to recommend to the parole board she not be considered for early release. Leroy repeatedly called the crime a "horrible homicide" and warned Needs might commit a third homicide. He., said she had previously been convicted of four felonies and least six misdemeanors, including a conviction for man : slaughter in California. Area Marriages.:; - Richard E. Matney, 21, and Hilda Diane Baird, 23, both Blackfoot. ;· Lowell Raymond Adams 26, Weiser. and. Patricia.JLee, Easier. 20. Blackfoot. ;' Del Orton. 24, and Betty Orion, 22. both of Blackfoot. Lee Roy Van Orden, 33,. Pingree, and Margaret Irene Areas, 26. Riverside.

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  1. Idaho State Journal,
  2. 08 Jun 1977, Wed,
  3. Page 9

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