Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 25
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 25

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Green Beret cites threats by patients United Press International FT. BRAGG, N. C.'- Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters testified at his military hearing yesterday that dfug users he had treated threatened his life, his attorney said. Questioned-by Col. Warren V. Rock, the hearing examiner who joined in the four hours of cross examination, MacDonald said drug patients commonly showed paranoid tendencies That manifested themselves in threats. MacDonaW has maintained his family was attacked by three men and a blonde woman, who he said may have been on drugs. He said the woman repeatedly chanted, "Acid is groovy." The Army originally described the incident as an apparent "ritual killing" before it charged MacDonald. Attorney Bernard Segal of Philadelphia, president of the American Bar Association and the only source of information for newsmen who are barred from the proceedings, said MacDonald illustrated three types of threats he had received. He said MacDonald related patients would either say, "I'm going to kill you," "I'll get you" or "You'll- be sorry for doing that." Rock, who must determine whether MacDonald faces a court-martial for the February slayings, recessed the hearing at the conclusion of yesterday's cross-examination to allow prosecution attorneys time to prepare rebuttal testimony. He set Aug. 25 as the tentative resumption date. Segal said Rock participated for about 45 minutes in the questioning. His final question, according to Segal, was, "Did you murder your wife and children?" The doctor almost choked as he replied, "No," Segal said. The prosecution laid out the alleged murder weapons before MacDonald—two paring kives, an ice pick and an 18- inch-long board about two inches thick. He said he had never seen any of them before. MacDonald also said he did not recognize two pictures the prosecution showed. One was of a male with a thin mustache, similar to a sketch drawn by an artist under direction of MacDonald and the second a picture of a girl with long black hair. MacDonald could not identify a hair brush found in his apartment that had brown hairs with light roots. It presumably didn't belong to anyone in the household. Collins jury in 2nd day of deliberations Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A jury deciding the fate of accused coed slayer John Norman Collins continued deliberations for its second day yesterday. The jury of six men and six women had only two choices under the judge's charge: Guilty of first - degree murder or innocent. A conviction automatically would send Collins to prison for life under Michigan law. Collins, 23, is charged with killing Karen Sue Beineman, 18 a freshman at Eastern Michigan University, which Collins formerly attended. The, Grand Rapids girl was last seen alive July 23, 1969. Three day later her naked and tortured body was discovered in a wooded gully. Jurors received the case at 11;35 a.m. Friday after 17 days of testimony and one day devoted to final summations by prosecution and defense. Yesterday's deliberations began shortly after noon. It took six weeks to select the jury. The state contended Collins killed the girl in the base, ment of his uncle's home in nearby Ypsilanti after picking her up on a motorcycle while she walked from the campus to a wig shop. Collins' defense was that he had nothing to do with the The killing of Miss Beine- mgn was the seventh in a two-year span involving young wonoel in the Ann Arbor • YpsiJang area. 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