The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on May 11, 1980 · Page 12
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Sentinel Star, Sunday, May 11, 1980 7-B o t f' vfc ' if BUI PhllllpiScnUiwI Star Hoops-a-daisy It's a long way 1o the top, but Richard Drew Rawlings, 5, mightily heaves a basketball in a new variation of free throwing that's a wild toss backward. Richard was practicing on the playground behind Frances L. Blankner Elementary School on Kaley Street in Orlando. Ambush Fmni1-B en, where she was undergoing treatment. Her statements, which detailed a bizarre murder-, for-hire scheme, were based on conversations between Taylor and Allen that she claimed she overheard. Taylor questioned her credibility in a telephone interview on Friday. "She lived with someone she thought was a coldblooded murderer, for three and a half years? That's credibility? " Taylor asked. Mrs. Peterson told authorities she overheard Allen and Taylor discuss plans for the shooting on two occasions. "If I can just get rid of him, it will set me up for life," she said Taylor told Allen a few days before the ambush. . ' c According to an affidavit based on Mrs. Peterson's recollection, Taylor then asked Allen if he "had the guts to do it." "Yeah, if it's worth my while," Allen reportedly responded. ' Taylor said Friday that he has heard his alleged motive in the shootings has to do with his having been the executor for Bailey's estate. But Taylor said that doesn't make any sense because he was never Bailey's executor or a beneficiary. ' The attorney did mention that the planned sale of Ms Williston home fell through in late December or early January, shortly before the ambush. Authorities have said Taylor's interest in the ambush was money. But Taylor said he wasn't broke. He claimed he repaid $1,400 to a client shortly thereafter, the unearned portion of a retainer from the previous year. Marion County authorities are considering charging a third person in the case. Taylor said Marion County deputies admitted in court last week that they have been unable to connect several weapons he reported stolen shortly before the ambush with those used in the shooting incident. The weapons, a ;32-caliber pistol and a shotgun, were fished out of the Withlacoochee River by a diver ldoking for artifacts, months after the ambush. They bore no fingerprints. Scott died from a single shotgun blast as he drove along the highway. Bailey was shot three times with a .32-caliber pistol after the car came to rest 300 feet off the road. Two other men, William Gilreath and William Harris, both of Morriston, were unharmed. .Taylor, a Vietnam veteran who was graduated from the University of Florida law school, was the Rhea Cpunty, Tenn., prosecutor for the 18th Judicial Circuit since August 1977. He was fired after his arrest. He has represented Allen, whd was convicted and sentenced to three years probation for operating a lot tery and bingo games in Ocala in 1975. ;, . ,,, , Dayton, the rural Tennessee mountain community and site of the Scopes monkey trial of 1925, was stunned by news of Taylor's arrest. f , He was described by Bill Pope, 18th Judicial Circuit attorney general, as "a dynamite prosecutor the kfnd that would put the hammer on you." '.Authorities said Taylor was too respected in the community for a judge to decline to set bond for him. Taylor posted $20,000 bail. jMarion County's assistant state attorney, Al Simmons, put it this way: "Even if Clarence Darrow had been there the bond (iSjBue) wouldn't have made any difference." mm FLORIDA PREMIUM FRESH wsxm U.S.D.A. CHOICE mm Li 0 Li JLi lb MORRISON'S SLICED Ijl (p)(p) O JL jLj LB. FLORIDA PREMIUM ml 1 t, PKVEK U.S.D.A. CHOICE MIX WINTER PARK SEMORAN SHOP CTR. ALOMA & HI-WAY 436 3 LBS. & DN. SIZE PORK U.S.D.A. CHOICE CENTER CUT BUDGET LYKES (?) AJ LB FLORIDA PREMIUM . U.S.D.A. CHOICE- MIST MM. ALTAMONTE SPRINGS 2 MILES W. OF 1-4 ON HI-WAY 436 LYKES ALL MEAT ILI1 J O U 2L lb. U.S.D.A. CHOICE TOP ROUND IL(2K1 2o3, PINE HILLS 801 MERCY DRIVE f ACROSS FROM LEEDS ORLANDO COMPTON & DELANEY 1 BLK'.S. OF MICHIGAN CLOSED SUNDAY NO DEALERS PLEASE , CLOSED SUNDAY PB,"D Tpeculs SIL awnn i n y vi il.viw !... . . . - SATUHDAT mien iv. lOUD 5 "

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