Convict says McKittrick dated John Hill 1977
Witness Says He Was Told Hill Gave Drugs HOUSTON (AP) -- A Dallas man now serving a prison sentence in another case testified Wednesday that Marcia McKittrick once told him she had dated Dr. John Hill and that the plastic surgeon had provided drugs for her. Howard Douglas Sullins, 34, testified in the J7.6 miDion wrongful death civil suit trial in which the family of Hill alleges his slaying was arranged by his former father- in-law, oilman Ash Robinson. Sullins also testified Miss McKittrick told him in 1973 Hill's 1972 murder was a robbery robbery that "went sour." Miss McKittrick now is serving a 10-year sentence for her conviction as an accomplice accomplice in the Hill slaying. Twice during the civil suit, Miss McKittrick McKittrick has testified Robinson supplied the money for the murder-for-play slaying of Hill. She also has testified she never met Hill. The Hill family alleges Robinson sought Hill's death as revenge for the 1969 death of his daughter, Joan Robinson Hill, the plastic plastic surgeon's first wife. No criminal charges have been filed against Robinson and he has denied involvement in the murder. murder. At the time of his death, Hill was awalt- 1 ing a second trial on a charge of murdering his wife through medical neglect. A first trial ended in a mistrial. Until Wednesday, Sullins had never testified testified in any of the civil or criminal proceedings proceedings that followed Hill's death. He said he first learned of the civil trial while watching television in prison that another inmate contacted Robinson's lawyers. Sullins was asked what kind of drugs had supplied Miss McKittrick. "I assumed it was heroin," he answered. "She had a heroin habit." Sullins said it was in July 1973 that he met Miss McKittrick and that he complied with a request he "score some dope" for her. ' He said they also had a discussion about a mutual friend, Bobby Wayne Vandiver, who was charged in Hill's death but was fatally shot by Longview police prior to being tried. Sullins said he asked Miss McKittrick about rumors that Vandiver had confessed to police that he had shot Hill and that told him, "The robbery turned sour, and Bobby shot him." Sullins said he has spent 12 years in prison on three burglary convictions and one for counterfeiting. He is scheduled to released from his current prison term in March.