Independent from Long Beach, California on March 24, 1976 · Page 12
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Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, March 24, 1976
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A-12--1NDEPENDENF (AM) *·* PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) LO,., Be it h, cam., w»d.. March K, im TRIAL (Continued from Page A-l) "I'll state that I did kill both of them," says Miller. "It was premeditated, I did plan it, with malice · aforethought and all that." Adds Miller:' "1 intend to plead guilty to the charges." Wren has to urge him into detail, however, pointing out that anyone who had read news accounts of the slaylngs might confess to police in a believable fashion. So, under Wren's questioning, Miller (ells how he had "jumped parole" ami committed several crimes within three months after his release from prison in mid-1975. (Miller served 18 years in stale prison for a 19S7 conviction in the murder of a Rolling Hills infant, according to authorities.) IN THE TIME he was free, Miller tells Wren, he had g r o w n disillusioned with life "outside," embittered at his parents for "complex, personal" rea- i sons and could not stand the lliought of returning to prison. Dying, he says, somehow seemed like the last alternative, "but, if I wasn't going to continue to live, I didn't (eel t h e y should be allowed to continue to live." Miller adds: "I decided 1 didn't like it out here and I didn'l like it in there, so I decided to kill both of t h e m . If anybody e v e r asked for-it, they did." HE THUS came to his parents' h o m e , at 5450 Flagstone Ave., about I I a.m. on Oct. 21, says Miller. In his hip pocket be carried a .25-ealiber automatic, lie rang the doorbell and his mother let him in. !lis taped account continues: "We visitcil and whal- nol," sitting in the kitchen discussing his personal problems for a half-hour or more. Then they went to a desk in a back bedroom. "She was standing in [ront n( that with her back to me...I'd asked tier for my Social Security card and driver's license. I took lhat opportunity to shoot her in the back of the head. "In this way she didn't..." Here Miller gropes for words. "LINGER ON?" asks Wren. Miller agrees. Miller covered the Ixxly w i t h a b l a n k e t , t h e n s e a r c h e d unsuccessfully for the driver's license. Then he went into the living room "and sat (here and wailed for my father. I sat there most of the time." It was after 5 p.m. Ire- f o r e h i s f a t h e r c a m e home. "He was surprised to see me," says Miller. Wren asks: "When you lei him into the house, did you have any conversation with him?" "Yes," says Miller. "He said. 'Oh, you came back, huh?' I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'llow've things been going?' I said, 'So-so.' " Then his father walked past h i m , into the house, and Miller pulled his gun. "I HAD IT pointed right at the back of the head because I wanted to (to it in the same way. where he wouldn't know whal was going on...compassionate execution, if you will." He fired--and he missed. His father "started hollering" and r a n , with M i l l e r c h a s i n g h i m through t h e h o u s e , u l t i - mately firing five times. "...and then just before he went out the door running, I got one good shot." Miller says, lie watched his father run down the driveway and did not pursue him. I N V E S T I G A T O R S earlier testified that the elder Miller ran across the s t r e e t to a neighbor's home where he collapsed and died on the porch. A few minutes a f t e r t h a t , a man--who the prosecution alleges was Miller--commandeered a woman's car on the next b l o c k and e s c a p e d , acc o r d i n g to o t h e r t e s t i - mony. M i l l e r is expected to m a k e an opening s t a t e - ment to jurors this morning before presenting the case for his own defense. Testimony was to resume at 10 a.m. Violence in Vegas Policeman struggles with one of 500 pickets who massed in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Tuesday, blocking traffic and shouting "We want to cat" and "No lock- out." Fifty-four pickets were arrested. With talks at standstill in 12-day strike, union leaders called for national boycott of 15 struck Strip hotels. -«wir«pt»io REAGAN VICTORY IN N.C. (Continued from Page A-l) It was the first time an incumbent president had lost a presidential primary since 1968, when Lyndon Johnson was beaten in Wisconsin. Johnson had renounced candidacy for another term two days be- f o r e then-Sen. Eugene McCarthy defeated him. With all of North Carolina's 2,343 precincts counted, this was the Republican picture: Reagan 101,448 voles or 52 per con I. Ford 88,924 or 46 per cent. Uncommitted GOP dele- gales 3,345 or 2 per cent. That gave Reagan 28 GOP convention delegates, Ford 25, uncommitted one. Delegates are awarded in proportion to t h e c a n d i dates' vole. In the Democratic primary, the count showed: Carter 321,059 or 54 per cent. Wallace 209,807 or 35 percent. Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington 25,698 or \ per cent. No preference, w h i c h means uncommitted delegates, 22,585 or -I per cent. Hep. Morris K. Udalt of Arizona, M,!22 or 2 per ccnl. Former Sen. Fred R. Harris of Oklahoma, 6,138 or 1 per cent. Sen. Uoyd Bentscn, who had dropped oul of the campaign, got 1,79-1. Carter got 38 delegates, Wallace 25. Based on b i n d i n g re- q u i r e m e n t s o r s t a l e d preferences of delegates selected so far for the'na- tional p a r t y nominating conventions through t h e North Carolina primary, h e r e a r c t h e delegate voles by candidate: Republicans: Ford, 206; Reagan, 81; uncommitted, 52; needed to nominate, 1,130. Democrats: Carter, 167; Wallace, 86; Jackson, 55; U d a l l , 2 3 ; Harris, I I ; favorite son, 85; other, 13; uncommitted, .50; needed to nominate, 1,505. Carter, in St. Ixwis, said he hadn't expected to run as well as he did in North Carolina, where Wallace had been a powerful vole- getter in past campaigns. "I t h i n k the results show the people of North Carolina have joined the people of other slates in deciding that they want lo choose the presidential candidate directly and nol l e t p o w e r f u l p o l i t i c a l brokers do it for them," Carter said. It was his f i f t h primary victory. Jackson won in Massachusetts. Campaigning in N e w York, Jackson said North Carolina doesn't decide a presidential election and Carter will have to prove himself in the big northern industrial states lhat do. "He's got a long way to go," Jackson said. Wallace, in M o n t g o m - ery, Ala., said he will remain in the race and will l a u n c h a n a c t i v e campaign t h i s weekend for Wisconsin's A p r i l 6 p r i - mary. He acknowledged lhat his latest defeal "certainly doesn't help" his chances elsewhere. In Washington, Rogers M o r i o n , F o r d ' s W h i t e House political counselor, said the President would come close to splitting the North Carolina delegation with Reagan. "I think we have a campaign of much f i r m e r foundation a n d m u c h firmer base than could be affected by one setback," Morton said. But Ford had said in advance that he expected to win in North Carolina, as he had in all five earlier primaries. "The outcome of the nomination was nol put in MUSEUM FLAP (Continued from Page A-l) June 30, 1975, they implicitly acknowledge a debt of $1.112,000. --They kept changing Iheir minds on the design, size and concept of the museum prior to and during museum conversion, thereby causing a tremendous escalation of costs to the city. --They have treated (he Quwn Mary as if it WOT? Iheir own private preserve and they have expected the city lo subsidize indefinitely dcficils from museum operation; with lirielands funds. --They have resisted efforts lo effect economics in museum operations. --They have made statements of their willingness to cooperate to solve problems on the Queen Mary, yet they have increasingly become the most uncooperative e n t i t y on the ship. Mansell and Clark said they regret the controversy with the foundation but that "it is the city's obligation to protect the public interest and it intends to do so even if it involves bringing legal action against the foundation." THEY ADDED: "IN our opinion, they should spend more time running a professional museum. If they had spent more time developing positive programs lo improve the museum instead of spending so much time preparing and issuing negative press reports, the museum might be in a belter position today." The statement continued: "Through their failure to attract sufficient funds io finance new exhibits, they have discouraged repeat business. The only new exhibit on the Queen M a r y during the past year was the disastrous and embarrassing 'Phantom of the Queen Mary'--a nonattraction which did nothing lo inspire public confidence of museum management. "The city cannot tolerate subsidizing a deficit museum operation indefinitely. Therefore, it has no recourse hut lo demand that the museum pay its legiti- m a t e share of the project's operation and maintenance costs as have the other lessees on the ship." jeopardy as far as Ford is concerned," Morton said. "We will prevail." And F o r d , indeed, remained in command in Ihe Republican race, given his p a s t victories a n d t h e s c h e d u l e i m m e d i a t e l y ahead. His next test with Reagan is in Wisconsin, w h e r e (he President is favored. Reagan is nol entered in Ihe New York presidential primary the same day or in Pennsylvania on April 27. But Reagan's victory does insure that the challenger w i l l be a b l e to maintain his campaign against Ford. It almost certainly will provide a major financial lift as conservative donors take note of the North Carolina triumph. HOURS BEFORE the win, Reagan's headquar- t e r s i n W a s h i n g t o n a n - nounced that he was clearing his campaign schedule for the next week to prepare for a major television appearance. There was no hint of whal he intended to say. But it seemed that Reagan himself expected to lose when he left North Carolina on election eve insisting that he was in the race for good, no matter how he fared. He also said he would be satisfied to run a close second. Reagan built his margin of victory in North Carolina's urban centers. He carried, as expected, the eastern third of the slate, w h i c h is c o n s e r v a t i v e agricultural t e r r i t o r y . Ford won in the mountainous west, where Republicans trace their ancestry lo forebears who opposed secession in the Civil War. That was where Ford had been e x p e c t e d to run strongest. IT WAS THE cities like Charlotte, D u r h a m , Ral e i g h , Greensboro a n d Winston-Salem thai held the'swing vote, and that is where Reagan did it. Ford had concentrated his campaign on those areas, but Reagan managed lo carry them, generallly by narrow margins. Carter ran strong in virtually every section of t h e stale, w i n n i n g even conservative eastern counties that Wallace had captured by 2-to-l margins in the primary four years ago. The former Georgia governor also got solid support from black voters a n d h e c a r r i e d e v e r y major city. Reagan's N o r t h Carolina c a m p a i g n manager, Tom Ellis, said the outcome shows that voters "trust Reagan, not the rhetoric Ford has been giving us." But Gov. James E. Hol- slwuscr Jr., Ford's top strategist, blamed the de- feal on time and money. He noled t h a i Reagan spent six days in the state lo F o r d ' s Iwo and he claimed that Reagan spent more money on the campaign in the crucial last two days. TAPS (Continued from Page A-l) that the target of the bugging was involved in espionage, sabotage or terrorist activities, Lcvi explained. However, Levi said the proposal docs not (ouch p r e s i d e n t i a l p o w e r to order electronic bugging of foreign agents overseas. According to Lcvi, the proposal, which w i l l be handled as a separate bill rather than part of a controversial package of security measures known as SI, calls (or a direct au- t h o r i z a t i o n by the president to the attorney general to use bugging in cases involving national security. The attorney general would then have to apply for a bugging warrant in each case to one of seven federal district judges appointed by the U.S. chief justice. If t h e warrants were denied, the government could appeal. The proposed law also includes an "emergency provision" through which federal agents could bug a suspect when there wasn't time to get a warrant. But the government w o u l d have to inform one of the seven judges of the bugging within 24 hours and would have to obtain a warrant or cease the bugging. The warrants would be valid for 90 days and could be renewed only with a judge's permission. Asked if the new procedures would harm U.S. efforts to curb espionage in this country, L e v i said they shouldn't.'"! think it would have little effect on c u r r e n t activities," he added. THE PROPOSAL won the support of a broad range of congressional figures who have been trying to p r o d u c e a workable measure t h a t w o u l d enable t h e government to combat foreign espionage, yet p r o t e c t Americans from illegal government spying. Sen. James Easlland, D-Miss., and Rep. Peler Rodino, D-N.J., chairmen of the Senate and House J u d i c i a r y committees, agreed to hold hearings on the bill quickly. Scranton faults Israel settlements in occupied areas UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AB-U.S. Ambassador William W. Scranton Tuesday said that Israeli settlements in occupied Arab territories arc a violation of international law and "an obstacle to the success" of Mideast peace negotiations. Making his first substantive address as the new U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Scranton made clear the United States had not ruled out backing a moderate Security Council indictment of Israel for its practices in territories captured during the 1967 war. Scranton spoke on the second day of a council debate on Arab rioting in the west bank of Jordan. He said Israel's responsibility to preserve religious practices "cannot be changed by the ruling of an Israeli court." He was referring to an Israeli court decision six weeks ago that would have permitted Jews to worship on Temple Mount. The decision triggered the rioting by Arabs who saw it as a threat to their religious freedom, and it subsequently was overruled by the Israeli Supreme Court. SCRANTON declared that no Israeli construction or other alterations of Jerusalem could "prejudge the final and permanent status" of the holy city. Scranlon's toughtest stand was on the settlement of Israeli Jews in the west bank, the Syrian Golan Heights and other occupied zones. "Clearly, the substantial resettlement of the Israeli civilian population in occupied territories, including in Bast Jerusalem, is illegal under the (Geneva) convention," he said. He added that "unilateral acts, such as civilian population transfers ... serve to inflame emotions on both sides." The United States, Scranton said, would apply three tests to any Security Council resolution: --Would It correspond to "the actual situation?" --Would it advance "the proper administration of the areas involved?" --Would it affect the existing framework for negotiations? The council adjourned until today. Earlier, France joined Russia and China in assailing Israel for its policies in occupied territories. U.S., Japan to share Lockheed payoff data WASHINGTON ( A P ) -The United Stales and Japan Tuesday signed an agreement providing that a top law enforcement agency of both countries w i l l s h a r e information gathered in investigations of allegedly illegal payoffs by the I/jckheed Aircraft Corp. Asst. Ally. G e n . R i c h - ard Triornburgh, who signed for the United States, s a i d the Justice Department expects lo negotiate similar agreements with several other countries. The vice minister of the Japanese Ministry of Jus- t i c c , Yasuyoshi Shiono, s i g n e d t h e f o u r - p a g e agreement for Japan. The ceremony took place at the Justice Department as the culmination of a series of negotiating sessions. The agreement s a y s that law enforcement offi- c i a l s of both countries "shall use their b e s t efforts to make available to each other relevant and m a t e r i a l information...concerning alleged illicit acts pertaining to the sales activities in Japan of the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and its subsidiaries or affiliates." DESMOND'S Starts Thursday! Men's Sport Coat Patty has 2nd pre-scntence U.S. interview SAN' FRANCISCO (AP) -- Patricia Hearst met Tuesday with the federal officers who w i l l recom- m e n d e i t h e r prison or probation f o r t h e newspaper heiress convicted of bank robbery. The jailhouse interview -- the second of several similar sessions -- was conducted in secrecy in nearby Redwood City, and Sheriff John R. McDonald Jr. would confirm only t h a t t h e meeting look place. Defense attorney Albert Johnson sat in on the session. Miss Hearst, 22, will be sentenced by U.S. District Court J u d g e Oliver J. Carter on April 12. The judge is not required to a c c e p t the recommendations of the probation officials. Prior lo Ihe sentencing. Miss Hearst will make a one-day t r i p to I.os Angeles for arraignment on 11 state charges of kidnap- ing, assault and robbery. Up to 1/2 Off! were $ 80 to $ 100 Looking for that one fantastic sport coat buy? Here it is! Incredible low price for Spring and Summer weight sport coats. Plaids, plains, checks in a variety of fabrics. DESMOND'S LAKEWOOD -- 4821 DEL AMO BLVD.

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