Independent from Long Beach, California on March 24, 1976 · Page 1
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Long Beach, California
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Prosecution closes case against Miller in a day Tape aiVs 5-hour span in parent By TOM WILLMAN SlaH Writer John Lawrence Milter shot his mother in a "compassionate execution," Ihen cooly waited five hours for the chance to kill his father, according to prosecution evidence introduced Tuesday in Long Beach Superior Court. That evidence--a 90-minule (ape of a police interview with Miller last October- was presented on the opening day of what could become a whirlwind trial before Judge Carroll M. Dunnum. Prosecutor Allen Field, who had predicted it would take him at least three days to make his case before the six-man, six- woman jury, was all but finished by day's end. Miller, a 33-year-old parolee who is acting as his own attorney against death-penalty charges, declined to make an opening statement to jurors. He also declined to cross-examine all but a few of the 11 prosecution witnesses who paraded to the stand. He rarely voiced an objection and look no interest in nearly 40 items the prosecution is offering as evidence against him. He questioned only one witness at length--a police officer whose testimony he challenged--and he said he had another officer's sworn statement that he hadn't ieen read his "Miranda" rights when arrested. Miller also piqued the curiosity of some 50 spectators when he noted that perjury is punishable by death when it results in a legal execution. But he declined to produce the officer's sworn statement and the testimony quickly moved on. As a result, the prosecution moved with unprecedented speed to prove its charges: that Miller, with premeditation, killed his parents, Harold and Lela Mae, in their Long Reach home last Oct. 21. Miller has pleaded innocent and innocent by reason of insanity to the charges. Field's evidence included testimony executions that Miller's fingerprints were found at the scene of the killings and that the gun Miller was carrying when arrested was the one used in the slayings. The final prosecution evidence was the 90-minute tape, played for jurors as they followed along with thick transcripts. The tape records an Interview made the nflernoon of Miller's arrest, a week nftcr the slayings, and Miller readily agreed to make it after acknowledging his legal right to silence, investigators testified. In the tape's opening minute, Miller frankly admits the killings to long Beach homicide Del. Sgt. Logan Wren. (Turn to Back Pg. Col. 1) JOHN MILLER His Own Attorney First Brown views on foreign policy INDEPENDENT --Analysis, Page A-4 WEATHER Low morning clouds, sunny this afternoon. High near 72, low near 50. Com__ _ plete weather on Page B-J. M P °S95 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1976 Vol. 35. No. 163 HE 5-1161 - Cbssified No. HE 2-5959 ts-=0x ·,+ Home ^\ Ner! ^ rjaj| y ^ 5^ _ ^QQ p er Month City hits back at sea museum Startling Reagan victory in N.C. * * * * * * Carter overwhelms Wallace By WALTER R. MEARS RALEIGH, N.C.(AP) - Ronald Reagan won North Carolina's Republican presidential primary election Tuesday night, reviving his challenge (or the While House with a startling upset over President Ford Ford conceded his first defeat, congratulated Reagan -- and said he remains confident of victory in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Democratic frontrunner Jimmy Carter won his primary test in a runaway over George Wallace and four other entries. Reagan's first triumph after a season of primary defeats was magnified by the fact that it was unexpected, the comeback he needed to silence suggestions. that he quit the campaign. He won comfortably against the odds. With the count of ballots virtually complete, Reagan had 52 per cent of the Republicans, Ford 46. Arriving back in Los Angeles f r o m Wisconsin Tuesday night, Reagan told newsmen and supporters at International Airport, "We're going lo continue the campaign and continue talking about the issues and I hope, as we continue, we can have a discussion of them." .H." said ho believes his upset indicates "the issues we've been trying to talk about arc beginning lo calch on." "In !he days before this, when we thought we were doing as well as can be expected--but they weren't victories--I'm very proud of our people, organization, everybody," R e a g a n said, referring to his string of five primary defeats before his surprise victory. "There was no panic, no one was discouraged, everybody stayed with it," Reagan said.- "!'m very proud of (hem, happy to be coining home this way." For the Democrats. Carter captured 54 per cent of the ballots to Wallace's 35 per cent. H was a trouncing that buried any claim Wallace had left to speak for the South in the presidential campaign. Al the White House, Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Ford had anticipated a close race "hut he expected lo win, so naturally he is disappointed. "The point is we lost and there are no excuses or alibis," Nessen said. He said Ford plans no change in campaign strategy "and he remains confident of ultimate victory." (Turn to Back Pg.,Col.2) RONALD REAGAN waves to admirers at LaCrosse, Wis., before leaving for California Tuesday. Ford proposes strict wiretapping rules By AL EISELE From Our National Bureau WASHINGTON--The Ford administration Tuesday unveiled legislation that it said would permit the government to use telephone wiretaps and e l e c t r o n i c surveillance against suspected spies or terrorists in (he U.S., but prevent illegal bugging of American citizens. T h e proposed l a w , which was prompted by disclosures d u r i n g the Watergate investigations of unauthorized domestic hugging, won the support of Democratic and Repub- l i c a n congressional leaders. Al Ihc h e a r t of the measure is a provision that would allow federal a u t h o r i t i e s lo e m p l o y domestic w i r e t a p s a n d e l e c t r o n i c surveillance only when authorized by the president in cases involving national security and approved by one of seven specially appointed federal district judges. A l l y . G e n . E d w a r d L c v i , speaking lo reporters after ['resident Ford explained Ihe plan lo congressional leaders at (he While House, said the government would ha vc to show t h a i domeslic lar- gols of (he hugging were a foreign power or agents of a foreign power. The only way Ihc bug- g i n g could be directed against an American citizen or permanent resident of this country would he if Ihc government showed (Turn to Back ByRALPHHlNMANJK. Stuff Wrllrr Long Beach officials Tuesday charged the Museum of Ihe Sea management with mismanagement, b r o k e n p r o m i s e s and "smokescreen" tactics in a snowballing controversy over the insolvent museum aboard the Queen Mary. City Manager John Mansell and Mayor Thomas Clark, in a joint response to Monday's attack from museum official George Murchison blaming the city fur Ihe "Queen Mary mess," agreed: "The clly's major mistake has been in not ordering (he Museum of the Sea Foundation to 'abandon ship' a long lime ago." They labeled Murrhlson's statements "a smokescreen to cover up the museum's own failures" anil lisled seven of these as evidence for (heir position. Murchison Monday urged (he Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership for the troubled museum and shnrply crilici/ed--nmong other Ihings-lhc city's refusal to provide data analysis material lo n research firm hired to do a $2.1,000 management study. AT 1SSUR IN the controversy is Ihc city's Feb. 27 Idler lo the foundation ordering il to either piiy about $2 million in overdue utility charges or turn over (ho museum to the elly. Museum directors turned down tin: city ultimatum March 11, saying they would iiol give up the ship until Sept, 30 unless the city come up with a single managemcnl arrangcmenl (or nil the ship facili- lies before that date. Thereafter, museum officials contested (he amount of charges and the method of assessing Ihem, and there were rumors of n city coiirl action to enforce its demands. The dly also sdmilled II hnd discussed ronlln- gcncy plans to operate Ihc museum when (he foundation leaves. Tuesday, Mansell and Clark cmphasi/.cd that Urn city Intends to continue the museum operation without interruption if and when it assumes control and snki they anticipate using present personnel for that operation. They outlined what they called the museum's failures as follows: --Museum officials promised In attract Ihrcc million people a year lo (he facilily hut failed lo do so. --They promised to raise $10 million from private sources to equip the museum. Instead, they oblignled themselves for a $1 million Joan from the Bank of America. They point out the museum has been paying off (he bank debt but said il failed to bring out (hat it has been able lo do this only because il has nol been mccling fiscal obligations lo Ihc cily. Thus, in effect, the city has been subsidizing the museum's bank payments. --In their own audited slatcmeul, museum officials acknowledge that $1,889,200 of common area utility charges have not teen paid to the cily. They dispute $770,200 of that total. Consequently, by their own audit (Turn lo Bock Pg., Col. 2) Monty, hero of Britain, dies ISINGTON, England (AD-Ficld M a r s h a l Viscount Montgomery, Britain's premier World War II military commander, died early today at his home. Known to millions as "Monty," he was 88 and one of the last surviving top commanders of the war against HiUer. His funeral will be held al Windsor with full military honors. The date was nol immediately announced. Montgomery had been in failing health lor months and had been confined to bed at his home in this Hampshire county hamlet, 50 miles southwest of London. Considered Britain's greatest military commander since the Duke of Wellington, the peppery, Bible- carrying soldier turned (he tide of Nazi victory with his 1942 defeat of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel al El Alamcin, Egypt; led his British 8th Army through Sicily and into Italy; and commanded all VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY British and American ground forces at the Normandy "On« of the'crealtsl" landings in 194-1. Six months lalcr, in December, when Ihe Germans had forced an enormous bulge in the American 1st Army's front in Ihc Belgian Ardennes, Gen. Dwighl I). Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander, put Monl- gomery in command of the U.S. 1st and fllh armies, the British 2nd Army and the Canadian 1st Army, with orders lo stop Ihc Germans. Wilhin four days, the German offensive had been beaten back.. But a news conference Montgomery gave about Ihe battle provoked a storm because he gave the impression that he had rescued the Americans. Although Eisenhower and Montgomery disagreed on many occasions, the American commander praised "dear Monty" as "one of (he greatest soldiers of the war., a figure who will live always, nol only in British, but in world history." "Dear Monly" was less gracious aboul Ike. In his memoirs he criticized Eisenhower's conduct of the closing phases of the war and later also criticized his postwar leadership. Mrs. Peron is toppled by armed-forces coup U.S. won't rule out Cuba attack New Yort Tinm Strvte* DALLAS -- Secretary of Slate Henry A. Kissinger refused Tuesday to rule out any m o v e by the Unilcd Stales -- including a m i l i t a r y invasion of Cuba -- in the event Cuba disregarded the administration's w a r n i n g s and took part in a new armed action in southern Africa. It was clear from his answers at a news conference here, as well as in private t a l k s Kissinger held during his 24-hour v i s i t , t h a t P r e s i d e n t Ford's administration was keeping all choices open as part of a policy of seeking a negotiated end to minority w h i l e r u l e in R h o d e s i a w h i l e nol appearing to do so under Cuban or Soviet military pressure. Various options h a v e been speculated upon in Ihe press in the las! few d a y s , including a new n a v a l blockade, reminiscent of the 1062 Cuban missile crisis that brought Russia and America to the edge of a confrontation. Nothing that Kissinger has said in the last 21 hours h a s m o v e d t h e United States and Cuba closer to a confrontation, but Ihc rhetoric seemed heightened by his refusal lo rule out a military solution. Such a move would be certain to raise sharp criticism on Capitol Hill. mrjsl reporters traveling with Kissinger believe, but he has refused to acknowledge this. In (he news conference Tuesday, reporters repeatedly sought to have Kiss- i n g e r be specific about w h a t the United States would do to back up the administration's repealed warnings lo Cuba -- made firmly again Monday night by Kissinger In 1,500 dinner gucsl.s anri loudly applauded by them "I am not prepared at this time to go beyond what I said yesterday," ho said. "We have made clear that we're opposed and cannot accept any further C u b a n m i l i t a r y a d v e n - tures We also made it clear that we stand strongly for majority rule 3nd a rapid political change in southern Africa, not (o be brought about by outside military forces." When that answer did not satisfy reporters, Kissinger said: "Look, i t ' s impossible for any senior official to put out ahead of time all t h e t h i n g s t h e United Slalf-s will or won'l do and all (ho circumstances that may We have pointed out t h e dangt'rs to C u b a . We are s e r i o u s aboul what I have said." BUENOS A I R E S (AP) -- The armed forces overt h r e w President I s a b e l Peron early today, ending her chaotic 21 months in office and another Ihrce- ycar era of P e r o n i s l power. A communique b r o a d - c a s t o v e r t h e national r a d i o n e t w o r k said a lhr-c man j u n t a headed by the army commander, Gen. Jorge R. Vidcla, 50, had replaced the Western Hemisphere's only female- president. THE OTHER members of the junta arc the navy commander, Adm, Emilk) Massera, and the air-force commander, Gen. Orlando R.Agosti. The 45-year-old widow of P r e s i d e n t J u a n D. Peron was flown under arrest to a mountain resort in southern Argentina, informed sources said. No bloodshed was reported. The coup had been expected for w e e k s as M r s . Peron's administration floundered deeper and deeper into the mire of political violence and inflation, v' Truckloads of heavily armed troops were rushed lo the center of Buenos Aires after a series of tank and troop movements. Po lice set up roadblocks at Ihc exits from the capital, and ports and airports w e r e p u t u n d e r heavy guard to prevent wanted persons from leaving. The m i l i t a r y was ex- peclt.-d (o launch a roundup of leftists. Troops took up position at k e y points, including tlie headquarters of the p o w e r f u l metalworkers' union. They were also Ma- lioncd at m a i n intersections in the center of the cily. · ARMAND HAMMER gets probation, fine. Page A-3. · PUC A P P R O V E S gas r a t e inc r e a s e ; electricity-user refunds appear certain. Page A-5. · POPE'S I9fW birth-control curb called a disaster. Page A-7. · L.B. TIGHTENS security for Grand Prix, vows no gale crashers. Pg. B-l. Action Lino . . . . A-J Amusements . . . B-S Classified C-ll Comics A-IO Crossword -- A-ID Financial . ...C-9,10 Life/Style .. OhituariM . Pr,llce B*al Shipping . . . SporU Tfvlsl«n .. B-fi-8 . C-ll .. fM . C-10 C1-S . C-20

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