Sailor Cleared in Budville Slayings Tragic Case of Mistaken Identity December 7, 1967

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Sailor Cleared in Budville Slayings 
Tragic Case of Mistaken Identity
December 7, 1967 - 5aor Cleared in Budville Slayings Tragic Case...
5aor Cleared in Budville Slayings Tragic Case Of Mistaken Identity Ends By JOLINE DAFFER A tragic case of mistaken identity ended Wednesday when a career sailor was cleared of murdering two Budville, N.M. residents. Larry E. Bunten, 23, a U.S. Navy first class petty officer, wept as lie left district court in Albuquerque. Emotion also brought tears to the eyes of his wife and two young children. . Bunten was freed on motion of the state, the agency which charged him with murder after the widow of one of the slaying victims, Mrs. Flossie Bice of Budville, identified him at her husband's store the night of his arrest, Nov. 20. Mrs. Rice, contacted by the Journal Wednesday evening, said she "would rather not say" as to her feelings about Bun ten s release. "I JUST DON'T know what to say. I'd rather not say," she laid. Mrs. Rice's husband, well-! well-! well-! known general store and wrecker company operator Bud Rice, was 6lain the night of Nov. 18 along with a neighbor, Miss Blanche Brown, 81. Mrs Rice was in the building at the time of the slayings and saw the killer. Dist. Atty. Alexander Sceresse, in making the motion to dismiss the case, said evidence established the case was one of mistaken identity. Dist. Judge Paul Tackett then dismissed the charges against Bunten. "I'M HAPPY - tremendously happy," Bunten said when asked asked how he felt. He then described the 18 days in jail as "the longest two weeks of my life" but added he was treated well. Bunten, dressed in his naval uniform, tearfully told the Journal he and his family will leave as soon as possible so he can report for duty at San Diego, Calif. The family was on its way there when Bunten was arrested. Bunten said he plana to make the Navy his career and Continued on A-9 A-9 A-9 CP ,v v r m J J :) - - p -, -, f r f ; f XW) (a K & ' . If r' ff '"" arrTT(Mafami aaaMaa a awa a REUNITED WITH FAMILY: Navy Petty Officer Larry E, Bunten, 23, is reunited with his wife and two children after leaving the courtroom of Dist Judge Paul Tackett where he was cleared Wednesday of murder charges in connection with the recent double slaying at Budville. Bunten was arrested Nov. 21, but the evidence established it was a ?case of mistaken identity. With Mr. and Mrs. Bunten are Minja, 1, and Craig, 3. (Journal photo by Ray Cary) Reissuing O f License Ordered From the Journal's Santa Fe Bureau SANTA FE The state liquor director has been ordered by the Santa Fe County District Court to reissue a once-canceled once-canceled once-canceled Bernalillo County liquor license. He also has authorized reopen ing of a McKinley County bar which has been out of operauon for some time because it was involved in litigation. Turner W. Branch, the liquor director, said he also is studying studying carefully the case of another Bernalillo County licensee, whose permit to be closed expires Friday. TO BE reissued is the license for Hud's Place, owned by Heart Transplant Ends In Death of Tiny Baby NEW YORK (UPI)-The (UPI)-The (UPI)-The world's second heart transplant ended tragically Wednesday when a two-and-a-half two-and-a-half two-and-a-half two-and-a-half two-and-a-half two-and-a-half two-and-a-half week old boy died at a Brooklyn hospital six and a half hours after the radical surgery. "We consider this a failure," said famed Dr. Adrian Kan- Kan- trowitz, who headed a surgical team of 22. The baby seemed to be doing reasonably well following the operation but the heart suddently (topped. Resuscitation was attempted without success." The radical technique was first tried on a human being three days ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Surgeons sue- sue- Frenchmen Cheer Carmichael Tirade PARIS (UPI) - Stokely Carmichael, the former cessfully transplanted the of a 25-year-old 25-year-old 25-year-old 25-year-old 25-year-old woman killed a traffic accident into Washkansky, 53, and predicting Wednesday that would win his battle to live normal life. THE UNIDENTIFIED BABY was born at Maimonides medical center with a defective heart valve two and a weeks ago. Kantrowitz, center's surgical director an operation to lengthen child's life was undertaken when be was two days old make it possible for him survive until a donor could found for the transplant. "We scoured the country two weeks, asking hospitals

Clipped from Albuquerque Journal07 Dec 1967, ThuPage 1

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico)07 Dec 1967, ThuPage 1
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