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Phoenix Weather Sunny skies today and tomorrow. Yesterday's temperatures: high 103, low 65. Relative humidity: high 35, low 9. Details, Page 52. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC THE STATE'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER Today's Chuckle Small-fry: A one-dollar steak. 71st Year, No. 287. 64 Pages Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday, June 10,196l ALpinr 8-881.1. PARENTS SLAIN FOUR License Fix Told By Airman By JACK KARIE STATE investigators and Phoenix police are investigating a charge by a Luke Air Force Base airman that he paid $250 to fix a drunken driving case handled in city court, The Arizona Republic learned yesterday. In Peoria, state officials reported that irregularities in drunken driving cases handled there had risen to more than 100. The Republic also learned that Phoenix police had gathered evidence concerning previous payoffs in a city court but that the county attorney's office has not taken any action to date. Police Chief Charles Thomas said the investigation did not involve any persons now connected with city traffic courts. The investigation took place several months ago. r Officers said a lie detector test given the airman indicates ho is telling a straight story about the alleged payoff in the men's room at police headquarters. Killings Discovered Outside Seligman SELIGMAN—"Somebody shot mommy and daddy." These were the first words heard yesterday by two motorists who finally heeded <- the frantic waving of four young boys along U.S. 66. \un\ f i ew J eel ? V , Vay ' !? a ,?! r P acked with vacation gear, were the bodies of J D Welch, 33. and nis wife, Utha Marie, 31, of Spencer, Okla., parents of the boys. ' «, T1 ( le , W ( f! ches h . ad be A en shot to death as they slept in their parked car 13 miles west oi this northern Arizona community. The couple's four sons, sleeping in a pup tent three feet from the car awoke soon after daybreak to find their parents dead. Both had been shot in the £d Mrs. Welch was in the front seat. Sheriff Jim Cramer said they. "~ — - ~. ; apparently were shot with a .22 i seat and found that both had'a.m. and the children • Four Boys Orphaned By Double Murder Near Seligman The Welch Children, Billy, 7; Tommy, 8; Jimmy, 12; And Johnny, 5 Republic Photo by Bill Nixon Inside The Republic Several cars passed the young- Beneath Mrs. Welch's body was sters as they tried to signal for a purse containing $147. Her hus- aid. Then Jere Eagle and Dan band's wallet was missing. Mrs.!Cramer of Riverside, Calif pulled Welch was wearing a diamondlup beside the children ring. ; ] The men said the boys were The bodies were first discov- crying and one of them sobbed: ered by the Welch's youngest son, Johnny, 5. He awakened his brothers, Jimmy, 12, Tommy, 8, and Billy, 7. Howling Tornado , "What's on mama's face?" Johnny asked. Jimmy went to the, car, saw his mother in the front seat, then lifted his father's head in the back "Somebody shot mommy and daddy." Cramer and Eagle flagged down another motorist and asked for authorities. Highway Patrolman Darrell Birdno was the first officer on the scene. Sheriff's Deputy Perry Blankenship arrived soon afar 6 lead parents were Prescott. Jimmy said the family had been vacation-bound for California to visit. Welch's mother, Mrs. They had left Oklahoma'at noon Wednesday. The children said they heard no gunshots. But Jimmy said he awoke'once when he heard noises around .the car. He said he thought his parents were preparing to continue, the trip and he dropped off to sleep again. Investigators said it appeared, , (Continued on Page 16, Col. 2)

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