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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               SInlcm 3 STAR FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT OOTH YEAR, NO. 81 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 5, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Auociated Monteith Given 4 Years At Infant's graveside Grieving during January graveside services for their three-mo nth-old daughter, Steph- anie, are Judy and Robert Eugene Monteith. Friday in Colorado City, Monteith was found guilty of murder without malice in the infant's death. Charges against his wife were dropped Tuesday. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) By TOM GOSS Reporter-News Correspondent COLORADO CITY (RNS) Robert Eugene Monteith, 23, was convicted of murder without malice in the January death of his three month old daughter by a Mitchell County jury Friday and sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary. Deadlocked since Wednesday in the trial of the former track slar, the jury came in at p.m. with the verdict after about 20 hours of deliberation. The same jiiry was required to fix a sentence and took only 30 minules to bring in the sentence of four years. Monteith chose lo be senlenced immediately, and Judge Austin M c C 1 o u d pronounced sentence, Monteith was ndt given credit for time served awaiting trial. Us had been in jail since January. Nelson Quinn, court appointed attorney for Monteith, said late Friday llial "I have no comment on the outcome of the trial other than the fact that we appreciated the courtesy shown by Mitchell County officials." The Monleilhs had no "particular reaction" to the outcome of the trial olher than "they were Satisfied with what transpired...with the consideration that the people of Mitchell County showed Quinn said. The lawyer said lie had "no comment... I don't know" what Mrs. Monteith's plans for the future are. "We have considered he said, and anticipate Hint no appeal will be forthcoming. Both Monlcilh and his wife had been charged with murder in connection with the death of their daughter, but on the second day of the trial, Criminal District Attorney Ed Paynter of Abilene filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Mrs. Mnnteilh. She had been charged as a principal in the case, but Paynter said that evidence was insufficient to convict her as a principal and that Texas law does not permit charging a wife as an accomplice to a husband's act. Actually, no testimony was presented to indicate that Mrs. Monteith had ever harmed the baby. The Jury deliberating Monteith's fate had four choices: Guilty of murder with malice aforethought (as guilty of murder without malice, guilty of Fullback Dies r Chest injury Jobless Near 6-Year High (AP) The nation's jobless rate climbed close to a six-year high in Au- gust while total employment, the factory work week, over- time and workers' purchasing power all declined, government reports showed Friday. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate of 5.1 per cent of the work force, up from 5 per cent in July, eq- ualled the highest since October 1964. The last time it was higher was in June 1964, when it was 5.2 per cent. The continuing economic slowdown reflected in the report prompted the nation's chief la- bor spokesman, AFirCIO Presi- dent George Meany, to charac- terize Labor Day 1970 as a time of "great uncertainty and anxie- AGGRAVATES RECRUITS Army Might Ploy Tops on Reveille 'WASHINGTON (AP) Mil- lions of American men remem- ber it well: The cold, predawn silence of a barracks, Hie occa- sional snore, someone babbling in his sleep, and as the sky brightens a bit, the peppy blast of the bugle. Reveille! Well, reveille may be on its way out. Baird Woman Killed by Car BAIRD A 76-year-old Baird was killed and her sister seriously injured Friday nighl in a1 car-pedestrian accident on the main business street of Baird. Mrs. Maunie Brumbaugh, 76, was dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. Miss Pencie Work, 70, of Baird, in serious condition in Hendrick Friday with several broken bones. The accident occurred at p.m. on West 4th in Baird as the sisters crossed the street in front of their homes. The highway patrol said the driver of the car was William Manning of Baird. He was not Manning was driving west on West 4th. A funeral home spokesman lawmen at the scene said the accident appeared to be unavoidable. Services for Mrs. Brumbaugh pending with Godfrey Funeral Home in Baird. She is survived by two sons, of Baird ,and another son hi San Diego, Calif.; one of Baird. An Army study group has looked at the idea for a couple of with a lot of oth- er things that could aggravate today's recruit, and recomm- ended taps or reveille. The final decision is up to Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland. Along with tile bugle wake-up most eases It's a recording Army study group would junk the accompanying forma- tion of all the fellows outside the barracks a few minutes later. The whole idea of reveille is to get a head count every morn- ing, read a few instructions, and get everybody off on the same foot. But there are other ways to do these things, the Army figures. "These kids today understand what time they're supposed to get up and be some says Brig. Gen. James Adamson, chief of the group studying ways See TAPS, Pg. Z-A ty" for workers and other Americans. "Production Is falling, jobs are vanishing. Soaring prices are pushing the cost of living to record heights. The workers' buying power is dropping stead- said the head of the 13.6- million member labor federa- tion. Meany blamed President Nix- on's policies for the economic decline. At the Western White House, presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said he had talked lo the Council of Eco- nomic Advisers Friday morning in regard to the jobless rate and said these advisers "feel the economy came through the re- cent period of adjustment with surprisingly little decline in pro- duction and employment." Ziegler told reporters that the council chairman, Paul Mc- Cracken, had previously indicat- ed the unemployment rate since last May "has been relatively and he pointed to the figures of 5 per cent in May, 4.7 per cent in June, 5 per cent in July and what he termed "now a very slight increase" lo 5.1 per cent in August. This is the range that McCracken said was expectable, but Ziegler said the NEWS INDEX Amusements 14A 2B Bridge 8A ClaiiTfinJ 11-158 Comici 4, 7B Editorial! 108 Farm.......'......... 1SB Morkrti ____........ 8, 9B Obiruoiiel 7A Oil 15-A 9-13A TV Log............... TV Scout 8A Women'i News......... 38 economic adviseis find "our ability to forecast changes in. the employment rate have been rather limited." The August lob report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the actual number of unem- ployed dropped to 4.2 million but seasonal and other factors, including a drop in the labor force lo 84.1 million, figured out to an increase of jobless Americans. ROBY Alonzo Galan II, 18, a junior in Roby Higli School, rlipd at a.m. Friday in West Texas Medical Center in Abilene. He had received chest injuries in football practice earlier this week and had been transferred from Roby Hospital to Abilene Thursday. Coach Freddie Stuart said Friday night that Galan had gotten hurt in a routine drill just after opening calisthenics Monday and they feared lie had a broken rib. However, he was in school Tuesday and Wednesday and returned to practice Wednesday in shorts, at which time he complained that the Monday injury was bothering him. He v.-as hospitalized later Wednes- Stuart said he was "little, but had a big heart." In his first year of competition, he was playing first siring fullback and defensive halfback. On a newspaper questionnaire Stuart liad listed mm as one o! fee Uvo best newcomers to the team. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist. Church in Rotan with the Rev. Walter Wooley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Roby, officiating. Burial will be i" Rotan Cemetery under direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan. He was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Roby, where he had lived all his life. He was a Baptist. Survivors are his father, Alonzo Galan of Roby; two brothers, Larry and Roy, both of Abilene; six sisters, Belen, Rachacl, Bella, Stella and Jackie Galan, all of Abilene, and r BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 6th The single copy of SUNDAY Re- porter-News purchased at newsstands or from street boyt, will be Us per copy. This does not affect the daily and Sunday Re- porter-News subscription prices only rhe single copy Last Sunday the TV Tab Hi debut In new dress. Expanded to 16 Ills jam-packed with photos, information and rjuldonce to help you teled favorite every week. Zoo's new emu J One of the Abilene Zoo's two new emus enjoys the sun- shine at the zoo Friday afternoon. The emus were hatched in the Topeka, Kan., zoo and brought back to Abilene by Zoo Director Dan Watson Aug. 24 from his trip to several zoos in Oklahoma and Kansas. Watson was on a trading mission and attending a convention on reptiles and amphibians. The emu is a flightless bird from Australia. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) ALONZO OALAN II dies FriKay Mrs. Lily Beavers ot Neosho, Mo. His mother preceded him in death in 1958. An aunt, Helen Galan, helped rear him. Pallbearere will be school- mates Jeff Dennis, Keith Malthies, Terry Palmer, Manuel Lujan, Alonzo Lujan and Jerry Vinson. aggravated assault, or not guilty. Paynler was seeking the death penally, the maximum punish- ment for murder with malice. Range pt punishment under that conviction is from five years to life, or death. After convicting Monteith "without jurors bad the option of setting his punishment at from two to five years in prison. The issue of malice had reportedly been Ihe "hangup" during deliberations. Several times, the jury reported itself deadlocked, only to be sent back for further deliberations by Judge McCloud. The slate had charged that the baby died on Jan. 17 as a result of a beating on Jan. 10 at the home of Mrs. Hosemary Martin, Robert's mother. The defense claimed that the baby had been dropped by Robert on a motel floor on Jan. 13 and died as a result of the fall. Both Mr. and Mrs. Monteith testified that the baby was rushed to Hendrick Memorial Hospital immediately following the fall. Dr. Herman E. Schaffer, Abilene pediatrician, testified Monday that in his opinion the child died as a result of the beating or slapping administered on Jan. 10. Dr. Schaffer had been called to the emergency room to treat the baby when it arrived there on Jan. 13, vomiting and gasping for breath. The case was originally to be tried in Taylor County but was moved io Mitchell County on a change of venue. Monteith will be held in the Mitchell County Jail until transferred to the state penitentiary, which according to Sheriff's Deputy Forrest Smith, be the latter part of. next week or later. Altempts to contact Paynter for comment Friday night in Abilene were unsuccessful. School Board Gets Petition for College ny GARY KRINO Rcporlcr-Ncws Staff Writer After one week's delay, junior college backers Friday turned over to the Taylor County Board of Educalion petitions calling for a vote on the question of a junior college district for the county. The board vcXed 4-0 to accept the petitions, on which more than signatures had been verified. A total of were needed to call the election. Jack Gres.sett, executive vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, said the next major hurdle is a decision whether the Coordinating Board Texas University and College System on whether to call an elcclion on the issue. The decision will be based on whether the Coordinaticg Board thinks Taylor County needs a junior college districl, if there is enough public interest to support it, and if the formation of the dislrict fits into the education master plan for the state, Gressett said. He answered, "I'm not when asked if he thought there was a good chance the board would react favorably lo the Taylor County district. Gressclt added, however, that the board has reported that a district should be established in an area which includes Taylor, WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA HER BUREAU 
                            

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