The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 11, 1967 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 11, 1967
Page 8
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Twelve >- tfclytlievffle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesa«y, AprB H, TUB AGAIN for them by hand. resist the temptation t. feed - f Speck's Defense -Steps up Activity By F. RICHARD CICCONE PEORIA, 111. (AP) - The defense has stepped up its activity in the Richard Speck murder trial as the prosecution nears the conclusion of its case. Defender Gerald Getty mounted an intense effort Monday to break down the testimony of a Chicago police technician concerning three fingerprints found in the town house where eight nurses were slain last July 14. He contends the prints are partial prints and not conclusive. The witness, Jerry Richards, took Speck's prints shortly after the 25-year-old defendant was arrested July 17 at Cook County Hospital, where he was being treated for allegedly seif-inflict- ed slash wounds. "Do you know what a core is?" Getty asked. "Yes," Richards replied. "Is there a core there?" Getty inquired, pointing to a print of a right thumb. "Core" is a term fingerprint experts use to describe a portion of the print. * * * Prosecutor William Martin objected that the witness was not an expert at reading fingerprints, only at taking them. The court ruled lhat Richards could answer the question, but the policeman said, "I am not qualified." Getty insisted upon an answer and when the witness finally replied, "Yes," the defense lawyer asked technical questions about other prints. Martin slammed the table and objected again. The judge sustained the objection, but Getty continued his line of questioning twice more. Each tune he drew an objection which was sustained. * * * After the witness was dismissed, Getty made a motion not to allow the fingerprint to be admitted as evidence because the court limited his examination of Richards. The court rerected the motion. A T-shirt stained with dry blood was introduced Monday as the one that Speck wore the night he allegedly attempted to take his life by slashing his arms in a skid row flophouse. An emergency room nurse testified that she cut the size 3B-40 shirt from Speck. Another witness Monday was Dr. Leroy Smith, who said he recognized Speck in the hospital from newspaper descriptions of the intruder and notified police. Prosecution Hits Coppolino By DON NORTH NAPES, Fla. (AP) — The prosecution, launching its first- degree murder case against Dr. Carl Coppolino, pictured him as a fortune hunter who killed one wife and look another to "continue a luxurious retirement." In an opening statement Monday, State Atty. Frank Schaub told the all-male jury that the 34-y e a r-old anesthesiologist married and murdered his first Wife, Carmela, for money. While Coppolino's second wife, Mary, sat calmly in the courtroom, Schaub said the defendant rushed to marry her just 23 days after Carmela's death in order to share her fortune. * * * "We believe that the pieces of this puzzle will fit so neatly into place that you will know with mathematical certainty what happened," said Schaub. Defense counsel F. Lee Biley said in his brief opening statement that the defense would show that no murder took place. "She (Carmela) died all right," Bailey said. "But the cause was not homicide " Coppolino has pleaded innocent to the Aug. 28, 1965, death of his physician first wife, which the slate says he caused with an injection of a paralytic drug, succinylcholine. There is an affirmative defense in this case," said Bailey. "We are not just lurking here waiting to find a way out." "The cause of death is unknown to this day," Bailey said. It was first listed as caused by a heart attack. Schub said Coppolino's •'greed" began in his college days, when he married Carmela and accepted financial assist- nce from Dr. Carmelo Muset- to, father of the dead woman, to continue his medical studies. * * * Coppolino "devised a means of retirement" with three physical disability policies worth $22,000 a year based on his heart condition, Schaub alleged, and moved his wife to Sarsota, intending to set her up in medical practice. But, Schaub said, Carmela [ailed to pass the Florida Medical Board examination and was denied license. insurance companies began to question Coppolino's disability, and Carmela's $16,000-a-ycar severance pay was cut. Schub said Coppolino "care- Jully planned" his wife' smur- der to collect $65,000 life insurance after the refused to divorce him because of her religion and he had met the former Mary Gibson, a divorcee five years his senior. 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In New Orleans, Carmichael old students at Dillard University Monday night the violence was caused by "two white cops came on one of the college campuses and "started to beat up the students. Civil rights leader Avon Williams, a lawyer, said the rioting was brought on by Carmichael and by the blindness of white icople who have refused for nonths to see trouble coming. "Stokely Carmichael didn't lave to be present in this town when this started, Williams said. "His bully boys were here and they knew what he wanted. A similar position was taken >y Dr. James S. Lawson, acting president of Fisk University, and Dr. W. S. Davis, president of Tennessee State University. Lawson also commended Nashville police for what he termed the "splendid handling of the situation, adding: "I dont Directly Or Indirectly Carmichael Tripped Campus Riot see how they stand up under such abuse. He said most of the rioters at Fisk were "outside agitators brought into Nashville by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which Carmichael beads. Davis threatened to have arrested any nonstudent groups attempting to agitate on campus and permanent dismissal of any students "promoting subversive activities. The Nashville violence was centered on the Fisk and Tennessee State campuses. Carmichael was in Nashville ior four days prior to the first student uprising Saturday night, speaking to groups at Fisk, Tennessee State and predominantly Students, Officials Hold Conference By DON MCLEOD NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Students and city officials made their first moves toward the conference table today after three nights of racial violence around the city's Negro college campuses. A mediator said tentative agreement was reached Monday night after a day of separate talks to bring together student leaders, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and representatives of Nashville metropolitan government. The mediator, who asked that he not be named, said a formal meeting is expected to be arranged today. As the talks shaped up, violence diminished under a spring rain in the north Nashville area where Tennessee State University and Fisk University, both predominantly Negro, are located. Crowds of Negro youths poured into the streets at dusk Monday, but violence was limited to a few small fires and sporadic gunfire, mostly aimed at street lights. Police continued to make arrests at checkpoints cutting off the riot area, but by Jate Monday night the streets had cleared and college students had returned to their dormitories. Police patrols dispersed any beginnings of a crowd. Buildings in the 30-block area showed the scars of rifle and shotgun blasts. Some were damaged by fires set Saturday and Sunday nights. The only serious threat of violence Monday night came when about 300 students confronted police at Tennessee State. The crowd scattered when police fired a shotgun warning and four rounds of tear gas. Nearly 100 persons were arrested during the three days. white Vanderbilt University. But officials said events leading to the unrest actually began with another Carmichael visit a week earlier — when he addressed groups over the protests of university officials. Carmichael told Fisk students last Thursday he was in Nashville to "stir up trouble. "There is going to be a change and a change soon in this community. If we don't get justice, were going to tear this country apart, Carmichael said. Friday night at Tennessee State, he said: "You need power to counteract power used against you. Victims (of unjus- tices) should never, ever, apologize for the use of violence. 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