Independent from Long Beach, California on February 28, 1969 · Page 14
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f-14-INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) LM» ··«*, Ollt, rrl, ft*. It, It* Shaw Takes Stand to Deny Complicity in Assassination GUILTY SECOND TIME IN POLICE KILLING NEW ORLEANS UP) -Clay L. Shaw took the witness stand Thursday and in four short words denied that he plotted to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. "No, I did not," was Shaw's calm denial, in the final defense move before resting its case. The last-minute state re- b u t t a l witnesses linked Shaw In one of the men the prosecution claims conspired with him. Court adjourned at 4 p.m. when (he state said other witnesses were expected to he in court Friday. Judge Edward A. Hag- geny Jr. of Criminal District Court said closing arguments by state and defense will be Friday. * * * * THE LAST two witnesses were Nicholas N. Tadin and his wife Madeline. They testified they saw Shaw in 1964 with David W. Ferrie, a former airline pilot who--the slate says --plotted with Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald lo murder Kennedy. Shaw on Hie stand earlier denied knowing either man. Tadin said he didn't want to become involved for two years after Shaw's preliminary hearing in 1967, but called the district attorney's office Thursday morning to tell his story. In one of the trial's big- gesl surprises, Assistant Dist. Atty. James L. Alcock took only 63 minutns for an almost perfunctory cross-examination of Shaw. II was more like a casual chat.'Not once did Alcock question Shaw di- rectly about the alleged assassination plot which the state claims was hatched in New Orleans by Shaw, Oswald and David W. Ferrie. Tadin, the stale's third rebuttal witness, testified his son took flying lessons from Ferrie, a former airline pilot. Tadin, a short, balding man, said he saw Shaw and Ferrie together at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport in the summer of 1964. * * * * "DAVE FERRIE came right out of a hangar and Mr. Shaw was right behind him about three feet," Tadin said. "I said, 'Dave, you've got a new customer?' He said, 'No, he is a friend of mine, Clay Shaw.' " Tadin said he had no doubt it was Shaw. On cross-examination he testified he didn't want to get involved until Wednesday night when he saw the television news. When asked when he first cnn- lactnci the district attorney's office, Tadin said: "This morning." The defense rosled its case Thursday morning after Shaw denied in four short words that he plotted to kill the President. "No, 1 did not," he stated. Shaw spenl only 96 minutes altogether on the witness stand, denying he ever even knew Ferrie, a former airline pilot, and Oswald, named by the Warren Commission as Kennedy's lone assassin. Ferrie and Oswald are dead. Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison, the spearhead of the conspiracy investigations, was FLOWERS GUILTY OF EXTORTION CLAY SHAW ON WAY TO TAKE STAND Conspiracy Trial in Sixth Week in New Orleans --AP wirephoto Perry Raymond Russo, the book salesman who has testified he heard the trio plotting Kennedy's murder in mid-September 1963. Kennedy was shot in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. Q. Did you ever have any ill feelings toward the President. A. Certainly I did not. Q. Were you a supporter of his. A. Yes. Q. Will you explain what you mean? not in the courtroom during Shaw's testimony. He has made only infrequent appearances after an opening statement lhat the state would prove Shaw guilty. Shaw, smiling slightly now and then, denied every piece of the state's evidence. A. Yes. Well, 1 voted for him. Shaw denied e v e r using the name "Clay Bei- trand" or "Clem Bertrand," the alias hy which Russo claimed he knew Shaw. Q. Have you ever engaged in any assassination plot or assassination conspiracy? A. I have not. Q. Have you ever jokingly or casually engaged in conversation about assassination of the President of the United States? A. Certainly not. Q. Mr. Shaw, did you conspire with David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald to murder John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States? A. No, I did not. Q. Did you ever al any time want President Kennedy to die? A. Certainly not. On cross-examination, Alcock questioned Shaw about his November 19B3 trip to California and Oregon--which t h e s t a l e claims was an alibi arranged at the alleged conspiracy meeting. Shaw said he was asked to speak at a Portland, Ore., meeting related to world trade. He was at the time managing direc- lor of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans. HE knew SAID he never Oswald or Ferrie or BIRMINGHAM, Ala. W) -- Former Alabama Atty. Gen. Richmond Flowers and two other men were convicted Thursday of conspiring tn extorl mon- Sylvania Electric Sets Lab for Urban Study MOUNTAIN VIEW (/PI -- Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., announced Thursday establishment of a laboratory here to help communities solve growing urban problems. Sylvania, a subsidiary of General Telephone, said military systems technology would be applied i n i - tially to law enforcemem, highway safety and traffic control. ey from persons and firms conducting business in Alabama during Flowers' years in office. A federal jury of eight men and our women returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Flowers; Oscar Hyde, a Birmingham and Miami, Fla., businessman, and former Asst. Atty. Gen. Joe Breck Gantt of Birmingham. U.S. Dist. Court Judge Clarence Allgood said he will impose sentence March 10 and allowed the three men freed on their own recognizance. Defense attorneys said they will appeal, regardless of the sentences imposed. Flowers and Hyde were named in four counts of the indictment returned last A u g u s I. Giintt was charged in three counts. Maximum penally on conviction is $10,000 in fines and 20 years in prison per count. CAN YOU PASS THE TENSION TEST? TONS OF FUN! 1 The Seal Circus. The While Show. The Diver Show. 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A six-man, six-woman Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated a full day before finding Gilbert guilty of murdering Sgt. George Davis, 35, on Jan. 3, 1964. The jury also convicted the 44- year-old defendant of armed robbery. The jurors were polled on Iheir verdict and three of the women on the panel cried when they said they found Gilbert guilty of first-degree murder. Trial Judge George M. Dell set March 4 for the beginning of the penalty phase. Deputy Dist. Attys. Roger Kelly and Joseph Orr said they will seek the death penalty. Gilbert originally was convicted and sentenced to death after Sgt. Davis was shot through the head in a gun battle following the $11,492 robbery of the M u t u a l Savings and Loan Co. in Alhambra. Gilbert's case resulted in a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 1967 that suspects must be advised of their right to have an attorney present during a police lineup. 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