The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on September 27, 1980 · Page 28
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The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida · Page 28

Orlando, Florida
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Saturday, September 27, 1980
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4-C Sentinel Star, Saturday, September 27, 1980 Trial From 1-C bingo operation in Gainesville and had taken him to ', Fort Lauderdale several times to see how things work, AU&i said. One of Taylor's plans to kill Bailey included shoot-; ing him with a shotgun in the parking lot of the Sea-: hawk restaurant in Gainesville, Allen said. Another called for Bailey to be killed at the Elks Club in Ocala, where he often dined with friends. ', A fourth plan called for Allen and Clay Taylor to fol- low the Bailey car and pass it. About a mile or so away Clay was jump out and into a ditch and shoot ! out the tires of Bailey's car, causing it to wreck, Allen said. '. Allen said he also rejected that plan because "Clay would have got splat run over by the car. It would ;I have gone right toward him." ; The scheme to kill Bailey at the Elks Club was botched after Allen and Clay Taylor, who had been drinking, arrived at the club after the Baileys had al-. ready left, Allen told the court. On the night that Scott and Bailey were shot, Ray-ll mond Taylor was at a movie in Gainesville with his I girlfriend as an alibi, Allen said. T; "Clay was going to do the actual shooting," Allen I; said. T; In almost rote fashion, Allen gave this account of S Jan. 8, 1977, the day Scott was killed: r- Raymond called Allen in Gainesville and asked him to come to Taylor's Williston home. He arrived at about 4 or 4:30 p.m. Taylor and brother Clay were waiting at the house. They had a few drinks and talked. Taylor received a few phones calls and made few. He tied a phony license plate on the car that was to be used. It was borrowed from a friend of Clay's girlfriend, Patricia Randall. "Ray told me, 'You drive; Clay will will take care of it.'" . . A shotgun with a flashlight taped under the barrel and a pistol were in the house when Allen arrived. Allen and Clay drove to the Bailey home in Willis-ton and waited for Bailey and his friends to leave for Ocala. They followed the Scotts, Baileys and two other couples to the Holiday House in Ocala, where the four couples dined. While they were inside, Clay let the air out of one of the tires on the Scotts' new Buick. When the couples came out, the women decided to drive on while the men remained to tend to tht low tire. Allen and Clay waited for the Scott car for about half an hour on the edge of Ocala along U.S. Highway 27. The two men followed the car along Alternate U.S. Highway 27 for six to eight miles when Clay told Allen to pass the car. "When I did, he shot them," Allen said. Scott died instantly from a single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun. Bailey was wounded three times from a .32-caliber pistol as he got out of the Scott car. Allen and Clay returned to Raymond's house but no one was home. Allen said he left Clay and went to Gainesville, where "I had a few drinks and went to bed." -NATUPALLOO Langford From 1-C ment director for WESH-TV news; Gene Burns of WKIS Radio; Ben Aycrigg, news anchorman for WDBO-TV; and the Orlando newsman who probably knows Langford best, veteran Charlie Wadsworth, Sentinel Star columnist. Wadsworth, like the others, had a number of funny stories to tell about Langford not all of them proper to print. One of Wadsworth's stories was about a teacher sending Langford home from school to get a note from his mother. The teacher wanted a written excuse for his presence in school, Wadsworth said. To which the mayor responded, "You can read Charlie Wadsworth like a book. But you can't shut him up that easily." After listening to Burns' erudite comments, both prickly and pacifying, he said: "Gene Burns is aptly named. He burns a lot of people. He approaches every subject with an open mouth." But in almost the same breath he made it perfectly clear that the thinking man's radio talk-show host was a plus for Orlando. Among those in the audience were the mayor's mother, Mrs. Anne Langford, his wife Marietta (whom he introduced as "my college roommate"), and his sister, Mrs. Jean Sanderson. Also on hand to salute Langford were U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, and three men seated at the same table, attorney Billy Dial, Martin Ander- en, former owner and publisher of the Sentinel Star, and 90-year-old Billy Beardall, mayor of Orlando from 1941 to 1952. Langford referred rather grandly to the assembled journalists as "these princely people." If they appear caustic and critical at times, he said, it was understandable: "They've been led down the primrose path by public officials. I never did that. I danced 'em around the Maypole." 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