Independent from Long Beach, California on February 28, 1969 · Page 3
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·MiiiHiiiiiitu ...... nmimmi!immimi ...... iiii ^^ DEFENSE BEGINS TODAY Prosecution to End Case Against Sirhan LNM ttten, Ciiit., r,\., rn. a. IH» INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELESRAM (PMJ-A-1 LINK 3 BOMBINGS AT LA., CLAREMONT COLLEGES By MARY NEISWENDER Staff Writer Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, after shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and wounding five others in the Ambassador Hotel pantry June 5, 1968, shouted: "Let me explain! Let me explain!" He soon will get that chance. Defense attorneys today will begin detailing their case in the Los Angeles murder trial of the 24-year-old Jordanian, trying to prove their client didn't have the mental capacity to plot the death of the New York senator. The swarthy young Arab claims he cannot remember shooting Kennedy. Yet under hypnosis he has re-enacted the scene down to the most minute detail and even pulled the trigger of an imaginary gun. Hypnosis was among several tests administered to Sirhan during the investigation leading up to his trial. All the findings are expected to be introduced in the defense case. Although the prosecution has not formally rested its case, it is expected to do so this morning with the presentation "for the record" of the statements of some 200 witnesses and investigators. Chief prosecutor Lynn Compton said he would introduce the documents to dispell any criticism that the case was not fully explored -- an oft-made charge of the Warren Commission's investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although the three-man defense team indicated they wouldn't "make up our minds" until today who the first witness in their case would be, they said it "probably" will be family members. Sirhan's mother and two brothers, Adel and Munir, are expected to take the stand sometime today to tell of seeing Arab-Israeli atrocities in Palestine. The atrocities, defense opening statements said, caused Sirhan to go into trances for hours. The trances, defense attorneys claim, persisted up until the shooting of Kennedy. Sirhan probably will testify next week, followed by a battery of psychiatrists and psychologists to back up the defense of "diminished capacity" -- a defense which maintains Sirhan was not capable of calculated premeditation. Dacy Found Guilty in Stalford Kidnap By VINT MADER Staff Writer A jury of six women and six men Thursday ROBERT LFE DACY Gas Chamber or Life Term convicted Robert Lee Dacy of kidnaping 5-year- old Stanley Stalford, and held the Lakewood aircraft mechanic liable to a possible death penalty. Because they found Dacy caused the boy bodily harm, the same jurors will sentence him to the gas chamber or life imprisonment without possibility of parole, in a second phase of the trial in Santa Monica Superior Court. The jury deliberated four hours, then brought in its findings minutes before it would have been locked up for the night. "We are pleased with the verdict," said the parents of the boy, Stanley M. Stalford, board chairman of Fidelity Bank, and his attractive blonde wife, Joanne, as they quickly left the court house. The jury also convicted Dacy, 39, of 6108 E. Tanglewood St., of kidnaping Mrs. Stalford when he forced her at pistol point through the family's Beverly Hills home then left her bound in a bedroom closet while he abducted the boy, for whom he demanded $250,000 ransom. Dacy held the boy for two days, until FBI agents pursued his car from a predawn payoff rendezvous Aug. 30, near Compton, and crashed the kidnap car after a bullet- punctuated chase. The boy suffered a gash in his left thigh that required more than 20 sutures. Judge Laurence J. Rit- tenband ordered the jury to return at 2 p.m. Monday to begin hearing evidence in the penalty phase. From the beginning of the trial the prosecutor, Deputy Dist. atty. Billy G. Webb, has told jurors he wants them to send Dacy to the gas chamber. Deputy Public Defender Raymond F. Crigger, who did not call Dacy to testify in his own defense, said he expects his client to go on the witness stand in the battle to avoid the death penalty. Child-Beating Suspect Jailed; Daughter Lies Near Death By JIM HYNES Staff Writer Los Alamitos police booked a 21-year-old father on suspicion of felony child-beating Thursday as his baby d a u g h t e r lay near death in Los Alamitos General Hospital with 'head injuries. Smoke Billows from Oil Fire Oil-soaked ground at the Stauffer Chemical Co.'s Vemon plant caught fire Thursday and caused a huge pall of thick black smoke visible for miles. The fire, however, caused no damage and was extinguished by two of the 12 Vernon fire units which raced In the scene. The suspect, Richard Allen Olson, of 4111 Green St., Apt. 8, at first told detectives two-month-old Deborah Olson had rolled from a couch, but later changed his story. Officers declined to disclose details of the later story, but said they would seek a complaint today from the Orange County district attorney's office. Doctors at the hospital said the child, whose injuries include a skull fracture, was brought there by the father Wednesday evening. After more than five hours of emergency treatment, with the child's condition worsening, police were informed of the case onrly Thursday and took Olson into custody. Deborah's condition late State Raw-Milk Ban Extended to Butter A new state order extending the Los Angeles County's raw-milk ban to sale of unpasteurized butter, buttermilk and other milk products was announced Thursday. Dr. Gerald A. Heidbreder, county health officer, said the action by the State Department of Agriculture was necessary to close a "loophole" being used by the Altn Dena Daily. The dairy -- which has been fighting the raw milk ban -- has continued to use unpasteurized raw cream in the manufacture of butter and buttermilk. He said that other dairies had voluntarily stopped sale of these products after the original order was issued. Dr. Hiedhreder noted the raw milk controversy involves only two-tenths of 1 per cent of (he milk sold in the county. Thursday was "very critical," and it was feared she would not survive her massive head wounds, according to Detective Tom Hicks of the Los Alamitos Police Department. $200,000 Fire Guts Local Firm Three workmen escaped unhurt Thursday as fire swept a Paramount industrial plant and caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the building and contents. Six Los Angeles County Fire Department companies directed by Division Chief Ralph Russell fought the blaze at the A and H Manufacturing Co., 15555 Minnesota St., for a half- hour before bringing it under control. Chief Russell said the fire was first spotted by Deputy Joe Offutt from a Sheriff's Department Sky Knight helicopter, and other alarms were turned in by observers about 5:50 p.m. as smoke billowed into the sunset sky. Cause of the fire, which ruined metal-stamping and spray - painting equipment and left only the walls of the structure standing, still is under investigation. Names of the workmen who fled the hurtling building were not immediately determined. Sheriff's investigators said Thursday explosives that jolted Los Angeles Southwest College and t w o of the Claremont Colleges this week were nearly identical. "There has to be some connection," said Sgt. Walter Johnston of the arson and explosives unit. "The two Claremont bombs and the one at Southwest may not June been the work of one person. But they were so nearly identical, and the troubles at the colleges have been so similar, that we will of course try to find out whether there is some common cause." A time bomb detonated Wednesday night inside a classroom at Southwest, a predominantly Negro junior college, was fashioned from a galvanized pipe, a gunpowder mixture and a clock and batten- timing device. The bombs exploded Tuesday at Scripps and Pomona colleges 40 miles east of Los Angeles were made the same way but had less powerful powder, Johnston said. Mary Ann Keatlry, 20, lost part of her right hand in oni of the Claremont explosions. She was reported improving Thurs- dav at Pomona Valley Community Hospital, but in danger of losing her sight. Claremont College officials reported most of the 65 Negroes and Mexican- American students who went into hiding after the explosions were back in class. Coats are showing up everywhere Looking belter than ever in black and white checks traced with black braid. The classic coat dress. 44,00. The coat costume over its own chain-belted waistline dress, 76,00. The no-sleeved coat dress topping pant and crepe blouse, complete, 80,00. No-sleeved coat dress, alone, 60.00. Sportswear Boutique, Downtown Long Beach, Santa Ana, Pomona. Newport, La Ha bra LONG BEACH SANTA ANA POMONA PALOS VERDES LAKEWOOD M A R I N A NEWPORT CENTER LA HABRA Pine at Broadway Main at Tenth Top of the Mail Hawthorne at Silvei Spuf Rd. Del A r o at Graywood P a c - f i c Coast Hwy at 2nd Si Fashion Island S20 Fashion Squirt :

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