Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 3
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Sirhan Remains Calm as Prosecution Rests By MARY NEJSWENDER Staff Writer In an atmosphere of calm and cnmraderie, the prosecution "for all practical purposes" rested its rase Wednesday against Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the accused assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The scene was in direct contrast to Tuesday's finale in which the 24-year-old Jordanian turned the courtroom into chaos with charges he was heing "railroaded into the gas chamber." Sirhan's "calm" was attributed to an "advisement" by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Herbert V. Walker to defense attorneys that either they keep their client quiet in the courtroom or he would put the swarthy defendant "in physical restraints." * * # * CHIEF prosecution attorney Lynn Compton advised Judge Walker the defense "wnuld defer resting the case u n t i l morning . . . u n t i l we pn over the evidence." HP said the final witness, Dr. Thomas J. Noguchi, completed the state's case. "We would also like to introduce into the case the statements of a couple of hundred witnesses and investigators who have not been called, hut we feel their statements should be part of the record," Compton said. Although chief defense counsel Grant Cooper requested a continuance of the case until Monday "because of logistics problems," Judge Walker said 1YIUN1R SIRHAN Closest to Brother a one-day recess was all that he could allow be- rause the jury is "locked up away from family and friends." * * * * THE FINAL day of the prosecution's case saw two doctors and a police officer testify. Dr. Faustin Bazilauskas, on duty at the Central Receiving Hospital on June 5, when Kennedy was brought in, told a quiet but tense courtroom how he waited on a "platform" for Kennedy to arrive at the hospital and how through heart massage he brought the senator back to life. "He was inert lying on the stretcher . . . pale, not breathing . . . pulse- less . . . to all intents and purposes lifeless at that moment. "I instantly began heart massage by hand until the heart-lung machine could he snapped on." "I started to inject adrenalin into the heart, but noticed Mrs. Kennedy's eyes about two feet away -- 1 don't think she could have taken it . . . The needle is four inches long and the syringe another six inches . . . So 1 inject- He Killed, But He Has Obsession for Law "This might sound f u n - ny to you because my brother killed someone -but he doesn't like to break the law -- that's why he's so upset. He feels the court is breaking the law." .' With this as a basis, one of the persons closest to Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, the admitted assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, explained the 24-year-old Jordanian's outburst in court Tuesday. Munir Sirhan, the defendant's younger brother -- the brother who bought the gun that killed the New York senator -- was one of the persons who tried to calm the accused assassin Wednesday. They were close -- the closest of the family. They still are. The 21-year-old Munir hasn't missed a day in his brother's trial. He drives his mother, Mary, to court every day and watches over her at night. Now he is the only son she has left at. home. Sidaillah, 36, and Shariff, 38, are "out of contact" with (he family, attorneys have said. Adel, 31, is a musician and is "on the road." Sirhan has FBI Tells Chase to Capture Dacey By VINT MADER Staff Writer Two FBI agents were the only witnesses called by the defense Wednesday as testimony in the trial of Lakewood kidnap defendant Robert Lee Dacy concluded in Santa Monica Superior Court. Dacy, who could be sentenced to the gas chamber if convicted, did not take the stand in his own behalf. The 39-year- old aircraft mechanic is charged with kidnaping 5- year-old Stanley Stalford Jr., son of a Beverly Hills banker, last Aug. 28 and holding him for $250,000 ransom. Wesley G. Grapp, agent in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office, told the court he feared for the Stalford boy's life when "something went awry" at proposed ransom payoff site near Compton. * * * * G R A P P .testified the kidnaper's ransom note threatened harm to the boy if the money wasn't paid. He told of the abortive payoff rendezvous by Los Angeles restaurant operator Harold (Red) Tracton, who served as go-between for the hoy's family. Shortly after the payoff "went awry," Grapp said, FBI agents spotted the kidnaper's getaway car and unsuccessfully attempted to shoot out its tires. The wild chase through south Los Angeles ended, the officer said, when agent Paul Chamberlain's car rammed the kidnap vehicle at Vermont Avenue and Imperial Highway. Agent James Brent told the jury Dac.y admitted the kidnaping to him later the same morning in an interview at Morningside Hospital, where the defendant was taken for treatment of a broken leg suffered in Ihe wild finale to the chase. Testifying for the defense in addition to Grapp was agent Carl R. Schlatter. Under questioning by the prosecution, Schlattcr said he fired four shots at the getaway car. Final prosecution and defense arguments are scheduled this morning. AREA FOOD STORES SEE NO STRIKE From Our L.A. Bureau Despite persistent slrike threats against Los Angeles supermarkets, management was optimistic Wednesday concerning negotiations wilh Long Beach area locals. Robert K. Fox, president of the Food Employers Council, told newsmen he had "every reason to expect a settlement" with Locals 324 and 305, Retail Clerks Union, AFL-CIO. Local 324 represents employes in Long Beach and Orange County, Local S05 in San Pedro and the Harbor area. Fox indicated he has l i t - tle hope for early agreement with Local 770, covering Los Angeles and vicinity. Present contracts in Southern California expire April 1. his quarters on the 13th floor of the Hall of Justice and can't go home. So Munir, 21, and unemployed "because my last name is Sirhan," is the only one left to look after 55-year-old Mary Sirhan and the family home. "He (the family members rarely use Sirhan's name) has always obeyed the law . . . and he feels the court is now breaking the law because they used his notebooks and they were taken without his permission. He feels now the law is breaking the law -- that's why he's mad," Munir explained. "Adel gave permission, but he doesn't think that's enough . . . they had to get his (Sirhan's) permission or a search warrant. "But he's not mad at Ariel . . . what else could Ariel do with five policemen standing around him." Sirhan's obsession with obeying laws is verified by defense investigator Michael McCowan who, early in the case noted that Sirhan insisted that when the time came for his alien registration card to he renewed, he take it down immediately. "And, when he was arrested he had gotten a parking ticket . . . here he was in jail on a murder charge and he worried until he was sure T had gone down and paid the fine . . . he kept asking about it," McCowan tells. Munir, after talking to his brother before court Wednesday, sat with his mother in the spectator section of the tight-security courtroom Wednesday, awaiting what everyone -including attorneys, felt would he another outburst from his brother. Rut apparently only Munir, in the entire courtroom, knew his brother would not change his plea to guilty as he had threatened Tuesday after hurling his "railroading" charge at the judge. "He didn't mean that," the handsome young Jordanian explained, "he said he might as well plead guilty and go to the gas chamer because of the way the case is being conducted." "He was just mad."--By MARY NEISWENDER 4 Cons at Large SANTA RITA W -Four prisoners who escaped Tuesday from the Alameda County prison farm are still missing, officials said Wednesday. od it into the shoulder muscle, but by this time I had gotten a pulse and someone had screamed 'I've got a blood pressure' and he had begun breathing on his own." Dr. Bazilauskas later told reporters Mrs. Kennedy accompanied her husband in the ambulance and was "probably" aware he was "dead" when he arrived at the receiving station. 4 * * + "THERE WERE a lot of pawing hands on him, and she kept saying 'Please don't hurt him. Please don't touch him.' "She turned to me and said 'Please do something' . . . She seemed frantic, yet was collected and cooperative . . . She was crying, but not wailing . . . There was only an occasional tear that she'd brush away. "She had hold of his hand . . . looking for some life . . . some warmth . . . and kept saying, 'Rob, speak t o us' . . . She called to him several times." Finally, the doctor explained, when his heart began beating on its own --without the heart-lung machine--he handed her the stethoscope so she could listen for herself. "His heat is beating . . . I can heart it," he quoted Mrs. Kennedy as saying. From the witness stand, Dr. Bazilnuskas said that he twice turned off the heart-lung machine but t h e s e n a t o r couldn't breathe on his own. The third time he turned it off the senator was breathing normally. * * * * THE DOCTOR described the scene in the receiving hospital as "chaotic". "Thousands of people began appearing in the hallways and the treatment room while we were trying to take his clothes 'off to see what his injuries were. And when the time for transfer to Good Samaritan Hospital arrived, the ambulance drivers said they didn't know how to get through the crowds outside. Dr. Noguchi, the final prosecution witness, who resigned as county coroner earlier this week, au- topsicd Kennedy's body the day he died. The operation began at 3 a.m. (Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m.), Dr. Noguchi testified, and lasted until 9:15 a.m., and during that time 168 colored photos were taken. All w e r e brought to court, but only two--one showing Kennedy's upper chest with a bullet hole in it, and the other showing his right arm pit, with two bullet holes --were introduced i n t o evidence. Dr. Noguchi said the fatal wound "was the one to the right side of the head which penetrated his brain." "The shots were fired from behind Kennedy and slightly upwards . . . i n rapid succession." * * * * EARLIER Lt. William C. Jordan, watch commander at Rampart Police Substation when Sirhan was brought in, testified Sir- rum was "one of the most alert, intelligent people I've interrogated . . . in my 15 years on the force." Sirhan, who up to this time had all in Ihe courtroom on the edge of their chairs waiting for another of his periodic temper tantrums, smiled. Backing up statements by arresting officers that there was no evidence of alcohol or that Sirhan was under the influence of narcotics, Jordan said he appeared "extremely intelligent, spoke very well, and although denied formal education speaks as if he had some." Sirhan's thought that he might be poisoned was brought nui by Cooper when he said that l.ho three times he brought him (Sirhan) coffee and water, Sirhan insisted that he (Jordan) taste it first. "1 asked him if he thought we were going to poison him, but he didn't answer." it*. IN*, cm.. TIWM.. ra.n. »» INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM | 0 M)-A.3 SALE STARTS THURSDAY 9:30 A,M. 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