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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1962, Abilene, Texas                               IT- r S. t 't 9909 S31VS mi JOHOIH "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR.FOES WE .SKETCH YOUR WORLD'EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 287 ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 31. 1962 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS' Press 2 Dead, 2 Hurt ALBANY A headon two-car sfnashup six miles ,wesl of Al: bariy' on' U. S.; Highway 180 'fatally injured two elderly persons Friday afternoon, Two other one of the'm an Abilcniah, were hospitalized hero. :Dead on .'arrival at ShackelfoL-cl County Hospital were Mrs. Royal 62, of Stratford, Tex., and Richard Henry Jeter, 72, ot Chillicothe. Mrs. Pendleton's husband, driv- er of one of the two cars involved In the.accident, suffered a broken right leg and cuts and bruises over most of his body. His condi don was reported as "fair." Also injured was Mrs. Jack Skloworth of 2741 S. 12th St. in Abilene, daughter of Mr. Jeter, who was the driver of the ofher car. Mrs. Skipworth received a laceration on her head and was ssid to be in fair condition. The fatal accident was one ol three wrecks-which occurred on the busy highway within a two mile 'stretch during the day. Investigating Highway Patrol- man James McGee said the Pen- dleton and Skipworth vehicles col- lided headon about p.m. The Skipworth cor was reported travel Ing east. Assisting in .the investigation White Appointed Associate Justice Wood Given Life Sentence For Slaying PAtO.. jury found Dickie" Don Wood guilty of the strangulation murde'i of-Patricia Peaster Friday nigh and sentenced him to life in prison .Wood, who had his head bowe< In prayer as the jury in, tolt reporters, "Mav Hod's'grace ana mercy and lender guidance be wijh me through'this life in prison as He has been with me through this trial." The jury deliberated 1 h.uir and '13 minutes. Wood's ex-wife, his mother anc tister burst info.tearj as the- ver diet was read. Wood showed no emotion. Hi first request was whether h could see his children. Officer told him he could. Defense tttorneys did not enle an appeal Friday, but indicatei further action is possible in In future. Mrs. Peasler, J5, of Wichil; Falls, was slain last Aug. 11. Sh and Wood had been friends sine high school. Her almost nude body wa found the night of Aug. 11 in car parked on a Wichita Fall tlreet. This afternoon, in closing argu merits, the prosecution asked fo the death penalty. Dist. Atty Sam Cleveland, of Stephenville told the jury, "I submit to yo that the person who look the lif of Pal Peaster needs to have reasonable time in the electri chair." Wood's defense attorneys, Ken nelh Kramer of Wichita Falls am Tom Creighton, urged acquittal. eii Patrolman Don Roberts and 'cputy Sheriff Jack Clements. A spokesman at Godfrey Funer 1. Home, which rushed the in ured, persons to the hospital, sail! frs. Skipworth was taking her ather to South Bend near Gra- am. Funeral plans for Mr. Jeter nd Mrs. Pendleton were pending ale Friday night. Mr. Jeter is survived by two See ALBANY, Pg. 8-A, Coi. 5 Sued Firm BYRON 'wiiizzER'. WHITE new associate justice WASHINGTON 
                            

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