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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1971, Yuma, Arizona COMP MICKO PHOTO 01V RELL-HOWELL CO C-0 DAVID HILL OLD MENSFIELD RD K'OOSl Ek> QM Ford Guilty of Figueroa Murder GUILTY Richard M Ford and his wife talk during a recess Friday as his murder trial entered its fifthjmd final day. Mrs. Ford, who appeared shaken during most of the trial, broke down when the guilty verdict was read at a.m. Saturday. (Sun Staff Photo) By NEIL JOHNSON The Yuma Daily Sun Richard M. Ford, 25, is guilty of the first degree murder of Gayla Ruth Fi- gueroa and a life sentence in the Arizona State Prison is recommended. This was the verdict handed down at a.m. Saturday after an eight-woman, four man jury deliberated nearly seven hours following a week of testimony. Ford, attired in a Marine Corps uniform as he was all during the trial, received the verdict without emotion. He sat quietly as his wife sobbed in the near-empty courtroom. Only a handful of specta- tors, Ford's family, the jury, attorneys and other court of- ficials heard the verdict read to Superior Court Judge Wil- liam W. Nabours. After the jury was dismissed and court adjourned Ford em- braced his sobbing wife for a few moments before being led back to the Yuma County Jail by Sheriffs Capt..Cecil Crow. Wednesday at 9 a.m. was set as a date to set a court session for the imposition of sentence. The verdict ended a mara- thon day in dourt that saw the defense, with attorney Har- lan Heilman, present its case. Nearly three hours of closing arguments and instructions followed before the jury began deliberation about p.m. Court-appointed defense at- torney Heilman rested the de- fense when the. court recon- vened at p.m. following the lunch recess. County Attorney Ron Jones recalled Betty Colburn, one of the persons who attended the party and resided at the loca- tion of the party that Gayla r igueroa attended the night of her death. The quantity and type of liquor consumed, persons at the party and what went on were brought out again. "Did Gayle Figueroa appear asked Jones. replied Miss Colburn. Jones recalled Glendora Finley, one of three girls to arrive at the party with Mrs. Figueroa. Similar questioning as before, about the party and people attending, took place. After the testimony the jury was excused at 2 p.m. for a motion by Heilman. "I reinterate the motion of insufficient evidence linking the defendant to it (the murder) and that she died of a human Heilman appealed to Judge Nabours. Heilman continued on for 10 minutes pointing out dis- crepancies in the amount of beer consumed by Mrs. Fi- gueroa, testimoney by patho- logist Dr. A.G. Musgrave that it was impossible to determine if the victim was unconscious before death and the testimo- ny of the Canadian policeman who picked up Ford. "Certainly there is insuffi- cient added the-at- torney as he presented1 Judge Nabours with a case record law book. Judge Nabours stud- led the book for three minutes as the courtroom became si- lent. Defendant Ford glanced around the room and then stared at the desk. He didn't speak and didn't say a word during the entire trial as he never took the stand. The judge then overruled the motion. At p.m. court adjourned as the attorneys and judge conferred over instructions in chambers. When court reconvened at p.m. three hours and 20 minutes of closing arguments began. Since it is up to the state to prove guilt beyond the reason- able shadow of doubt the country attorney opens the ar- guments, yields to the defense attorney and then has the final argument. Jones went over the testi- mony, degrees of murder, ele- ments of the crime of murder. "Indded it is a circum- stantial case but seldom is there a witness in a case of this Jones told the jury. "The state makes no inference between direct and circum- stantial evidence. I sumbit the state has proved evidence mat- ters of great significance." During his 45-minute speech Jones pointed out Ford's flight was not a presumption of guilt but a circumstance of the case. The prosecutor added, "He in- vented an alibi for himself that has tbtally been disapproved. "I submit something very horrible was in Ford's car and there is evidence of it in his he finalized to the jury. When it was Heilman's turn he ripped at the state's ease for (Turn to page 2 please) Hours on Moon Planned CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell plan to spend 33 hours 30 minutes on the moon; with the landing scheduled for EST Friday Feb. 6.' conduct two'ex- on the surface, jsfach' listing Duiv ing the firstlexcursion they are to set up a nuclear-powered Look for Ag Edition! Today's Yuma Daily Sun has a bonus inside in the form of a 24-page section on Agri- culture in Yuma County. Kay Kestner graces the front page displaying one of Yuma's bet- ter-known citrus crops, tange- los. There is a section on the Parker area describing the Northern Yuma County farms and attractions. Elsewhere in the section, Yuma's 4-H program; the 1970 fiscal year farm gross of million; the alfalfa yield and wind machines are described. science station, collect soil samples and deploy a grenade launcher. After they have left the moon, ground radio signals will launch four grenades from the launcher. Their explosive im-, pacts will be recorded on geo- >ihones imd will tell scientists about the characteristics of the lunar crust down to a depth of about feet. The second excursion will be devoted to a 1'A-mile field geol- ogy trip in which Shepard and Mitchell are to visit several 'craters to make gas 'and mag- netic analyses of verious types of soil and collect a large vari- ety of rocks. To carry their tools and the samples they gather, the astronauts will pull a two-wheel equipment cart. VUMA SUN and ARIZONA SENTINEL SUN 64th Issue, 66th Year SENTINEL 271 st Issue, 98th Year Yuma, Arizona, Sun., Jan. 31, 1971 Apollo 14 Launching P.M. Yuma Time Inside Sun Business.........................7 Comics..........................14 Crossword......................6 Editorial.........................4 Movies.............................6 Real Estate....................T TV.....................QuePasa Women............................5 Fla Facto and figures of the Apollo 14 mission: Launch time: p.m. EST Sunday. Yuma Time) Astronauts: Navy C'apt. Alan B. Shepard Jr., 47; Navy Cmdr. Edgar D. Mitchell, 40; Air Force .Maj. Stuart A. Roosa, 37. Purpose: Man's third moon landing. Shepard and Mitchell are to attempt a landing in the rugged highlands of fra Mauro on the .eastern edge of the Ocean of Storms. Here they are to deploy a nuclear-powered science station and hopefully find rocks dating 4.6 billion years to the origin of the moon. Length of time on the moon: 33% hours, including 8-10 hours outside on two excursions. Names of the spaceships: Command ship, Kitty Hawk; lunar module, An tares. Flight duration: 9 days, 41 minutes. Rocket: three-stage Saturn 5 which with Apollo e craft aUndijsS feet tail The most powerful rocket, with a first stage thrust of 7 9 million pounds of !miwion: Saturn million; command ship million; Jlunar module million; lauhch operations, in- cluding recovery operations package millipnV-total mil- lion. Blockade on BERLIN (AP) A virtual East German land blockade of Berlin went into its fourth day Saturday, with Chancellor "Willy Brandt defiantly stress- ing West Berlin's ties to West Germany. President Gustav Heine- mann, one of the West German political figures to whose pre- sence the Communists object- ed, bringing on the autobahn harassment, decided unexpec- tedly to stay an extra day. j m -D i-> ACCIDENT SCENE Ambulance personnel and Yuma Police aid three injured in car) 22 903 P persons Moving a traffic accident at 1st Street and Gila MCAS at p.m. Saturday. The driver, Cecilia Gonzales, 15, ed an r 229 16th Avenue; and passengers, Lana Woodahl (still the cu ar LEMON CROP HALVED? Citrus Men Keep Nervous Eyes On Trees for Full Frost Damage END OF THE ROAD Yuma Jaycees (left to right) Bear Cowart, Jon Weeks, exchange k to promote the upcoming Yuma Jaycee Pat McLoud and Bill Wahl approach victim Buddy Rodeo Feb. 13th and 14th. Tickets are available for the Dean (foreground) during Saturday's staged shoot-out rodeo from any JC member or from the ticket at the Yuma-Mesa Shopping Center. The mock gun fire booth in the Yuma-Mesa Shopping Center. By DON O'NEILL Sun Business Editor The full extent of the dam- age to Yuma's citrus won't be known until the blossoms start forming in the spring. Then, the actual damage to the wood will be known and an estimate of what next season's crop will (or won't) be can be made. The big fruit damage was to Valencias. Lemons escaped but some growers expressed the belief that iie.xl year's iemon crop may be halved as a result of wood damage. No one has a dollars and cents figure. This is the concensus of growers and government offi- cials concerned with the crop. Bud Stammer, Arizona field man for the Valencia Orange Administrative Committee, in Phoenix reported that 76 per cent of this year's Valencia crop will be abandoned or go to by-producta. (Sun Staff Photo) "Harvesting had barely got- ten under way when the freeze hit" he said. "There was a lot of burn-lot of leaf damage but in my swing down through there 1 could find no real split wood. How- ever, we'll have to wait until growth starts again to see how much twig die-back there is." Yuma including the Well- ton-Tacna region has about acres of oranges with about producing, he noted. Russ Braman, Yuma grower and federal crop insurance representative, said that less than 50 per cent of the orange and exotic crop was covered. Exotics include tangeloes, tan- gerines and their related varie- ties. "The payout on citrus dam- age to those covered by in- Mrance.wjonig to runjibout Braman said. "But that only covers a small proportion of the actual dam- age. Some estimates of as high as and million have been made." Braman said most of the in- sured acreage is in small blocks of 10 acres" He said that less than five per cent of the grapefruit acreage is covered, and little of the lemons. He said there were probably three or four boxes of lemons left on each tree. Yuma's second biggest citrus crop, lemons, came out of the January freeze looking very good, according to reports from growers. So also did grapefruit. "We're shipping more grape- fruit this season, right now, in fact, than wo ever have before, one major shipper-distributor reported." Lemons came out good be- cause about 75 per cent of the crop was harvested before the freeze struck, according to Art Allen, of the Lemon Adminis- trative Committee, field repre- sentative, Los Angeles. He has just finished an inspection of the Yuma area. "Much of what was left would have gone to by- products Allen noted. "Actually, the lemon production for this season was curtailed by about eight per cent that is the overall crop. The good fruit was off the trees." Yuma has acres of bearing lemon trees and of non-bearing a total of acres. The big question now is what will happen to next year's hopes in the lemon groves. Allen said there has been leaf damage much defolia- tion. "The forthcoming crop will be he said. "It will be lighter, but how much is the question." He said it will be late February or early March before the answer will be found when the trees blossom. Then it can be deter- mined how much wood dam- age there is.