The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 25, 1979 · 11
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 11

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Wednesday, April 25, 1979
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Man Receives Life In Chief's Death My Robert B. Allen Sialf Writer Cl-AREMORE David Gordon Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday by a jury that found him Ruilty of killinp; Catoo-sa Police Chief J.B. llamby in a robbery of the Catoosa Tap; Agen- last September. The 25-year-old former Oklahoma State University student could have received the death penally. The district court jury, which late Monday found Smith guilty of first-dcRree murder in Hamby's death, fixed punishment after deliberating for nearly y, hours. District Judge Byron Ed Williams set formal sentencing for 1:30 p.m. May 23. The father of the defendant, Gordon Smith, seated on the front row with his wife, Wanda, remarked, "It's all so unfair." But a few rows back in the Rogers County courtroom, Hamby's brother David, called the guilty verdict and life sentence "serving justice. Throughout the 11-day trial, the defense argued the other robber, Jack Young, was "mentally unbalanced" and forced Smith under threat of death to accompany him in the Sept. 1 holdup. Young committed suicide at the death scene. The prosecution, however, argued the two mutually planned the holdup and it was Smith who held the .22-caliber Magnum revolver that fired the fatal shot. . Assistant Prosecutor Rick Sitzman called on the jury in urging the death penalty to send out a message, "If you commit robbery or murder, Oklahoma citizens will rise and smite you down." Defense attorneys and the parents of the defendant pleaded with jurors not to send Smith, a tall, dark-haired defendant, to his death. "Each juvor has a chance to prevent this man from going to his death." 'said Tulsa lawyer E. Terril Corley. It was the only men-lion of a polygraph having been given the defendant. Such evidence is not admissable at-. Deaths Listed Across State ALLEN WILSON, Bobbie, 59. Services Wetlnesdasy (Criswell, Ada). ANADARKO HUNN1CUTT. Hazel Nix-on, 77, Midland, Texas. Services today (Smith). ARDMOKK WALKER, Bella. 95. Services today (Goodrich-Anderson). BARTLKSVILLE REYNOLDS, Frank M.. GO. Services Friday in Kosse, Texas. (Neekamp). BOKOSIIE GAMBLE, Ira R., 89. Services Thursday (Evans, Poteau). CANTON HYER, William G.. 90. Services Thursday (Haigler). CHICKASHA CMAMBLESS.Mrs.lnga. 78. Services today (Sevier). CLINTON THRASHER. Mrs. Ethel, 84, Nftired teacher. Services today (Kern-Schneider-Kiesati). CORDKLL SMITH, Sarah "Etta." 84. Services today (Hartronfl). MILLER, Otto, 85, retired farmer. Services today (Kern-Schneider-Kiesau). CUSTKR CITY WEBB. Ted, 72. farmer. Services Thursdav (Kern-Schneider-Kiesau. Clinton). KLK CITY BRADLEY. Mrs. Grace Lee, 90. Services today (Savage). HALTERMAN, Mrs. Ger trude C. 75. Servfces Thursday (Savage). ENID SHOCKLEY. Edwin li., 90. Services today (Brown). GRANITE GRAUMANN, Rolnhart B.. Si! Services Thursday (Greer). HKNRYETTA MOORE. Mrs. Lois, 19. Services Thursday (Shur-den). HYDRO SCOTT. Mrs. Juanita B.. 77. Services Thursday (Lockstonc. Weaiherford). KINHKISHER I.IBECAYT, Mrs. Mary Susie, 85. Services Friday (Sanders). OKEENE RAUH. Rosemary Lynn, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rauh. Services today (Landes-Sisson). OKEMAIt GUINN, Mrs. Essie. "2. Services Thursday (Parks). PANAMA ANDERSON, Harve L 78. Services Thursday (Evans, Poteau). I'EARLAND, Texas MAYES. Mrs. Dorene. 81. Services today In Stonewall. (Criswell, Ada). STILLWATER TURNER, James Ellis Jr.. 62. Services Thursday (Strode). SIIREVEI'ORT, La. HARE, Elizabeth C, 56, former Oklahoma resident. Services Thursday (Osborn). SPENCER HALL. Otha Allen. 56. Services Friday (Rolfe). Defense lawyers announced they plan to appeal the verdict. Judge Williams gave them 10 days to take the action. W. George Rites Set PURCELL Servircs for the Rev. William T. George. 77. will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Yoakum Funeral Home with burial at Hillside Cemetery here. He died Monday at Mcdi-eenier. Oklahoma City, after a short illness. George was born in Parma. Ark., and came to Pur-cell in 1953. He was a minister of the Free Holiness Church for 47 years and retired after 23 years as minister of New" Mission Church. Purcell. He is survived by his wife, Jessie; four daughters. Mrs. Denzyle Walker and Mrs. Myrene Mayo, both of Fremont, Cafif.. Mrs. Jean Santiago, Los Banos. Calif., and Mrs. De-lores Sorrels. Del Citv; five sons, Bobby. Granite City. 111.. Clermon. San Jose. Calif., Lowell, Purcell, Eudon, Del City, and Jerry. Mill Creek; five sisters. Mrs. Essie Deason, Washington, OK, Mrs. Ruby Vaughn, Purcell, Mrs. Barbara Hewitt, San Lorenzo, Calif.. Mrs. Eva Jenkins. Calico Rock, Ark., and Mrs. Margie Ivans. San Leandro, Calif.; three brothers, Dovie and Raymond, both of Purcell, and Glen. Fremont; 26 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. 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