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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Abilene, Texas t Mm "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 69 PHONE 673-4271 TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 25, PAGES IN SIX Ic Sute Sales Aisociate'dPrtuVP) Rancher Killed; Convicts Elude Manhunt FUGITIVE DALTON WILLIAMS escaped from Colorado jail Reporter-News Staff Writers HOTAN-A Stonewall Coun- ty rancher said to be on an e.scajwd convicl-s "death list" was shot and killed Saturday, a day after hewarned authori- ties lie might be in danger. Three armed convicts sought in connection with the hilling exchanged gunfire with police Saturday night about 150 miles east of here, authori- ties said. The convicts, escaped from the Colorado State Penitentia- ry in Canon City, were Identi- fied as Dalion Williams, 29, formerly of Snyder; Jerry Ai- mer, 22, also formerly of Sny- der; and Richard Magnum, 22. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the convicts had been seen in Palo Pinto County and had exchanged sliots with a DPS unit and a sheriff's office patrol car. "There were no a DPS spokesman said. TIIS THREE, however, cs- Tlte Abilene office of the Department-of" Public Safety reported late Saturday, "that several persons were., injured in the Hannibal Community in Krath'County and there were unconfirmed reports of kid- nappings by the three armed convicts being sought by law officers in'the death .of a Ko- ian rancher. Unconfirmed reports were that a woman had been killed at Santo in Palo Pinto Coun- ty shortly'before 11 p.m. A spokesman for the Steph- enville Hospital late Saturday night said three persons suf- fering from gunshot wounds liad been admitted. :The three were in undetermined condi- tions, the spokesman-said. eapsd and were still being sought alter 10 p.m. T. L. Baker, 65, was found slain Saturday morning at his ranch house, 16 miles north of Rotan. .Two armed men believed to' be'among a Irio of convicts wanted in connection with Baker's death a 11 c d g e d 1 y robbed a Breekenridge man of 56 cash Saturday night and stole his 1974 Mercury Cougar. Breekenridge Police Chief Bob Whilley said the arined robbery occurred at 7 p.m. Saturday. Police said Mike Brandeii- bergcr, 19, of 407 N. Dubois in Breekenridge was approached by a man carrying a sliolgun who entered his home through the back door.-''Another man carrying a long barreled gun entered the front door and the two forced Brandenbcrger into a bedroom' 'where he was bound wilh electrical cord from a radio, police said. Police were notified about p.m. when a neighbor heard Brandenberger's screams and say his feet hanging from a window. Brandenberger was no( in- jured seriously, suffering only badly bruised wrists Die bindings. Police said Hie suspects abandoned a 1969 yellow Chev- rolet truck-camper with Mexico license plates believed stolen in l.ovingto.i, N..YI. LAWMEN' SPENT the day in a search concentrated on Fisher, Stonewall and Jones Counties. Late Saturday', Hie camper in which the escapees were believed to be traveling was recovered in Brecken- rldge. Williams and another mini had been charged wilh bur- glarizing llio Baker home ear- lier this year; and Baker re- portedly had identified the guns taken from his home as those used by Williams in an- other burglary. The slain man's son, Gary'' Baker of Rotan, and law ofli- cers found the body inside the ranch house after ihc younger Baker, wlio had been tied to a utility pole outside the house, escaped and alerted of- ficers. The younger Baker had been laken prisoner by the three men after he arrived about 8 a.m. Saturday at Hie ranch where his father lived alone; Gary Baker was tied up and the keys to his automobile taken. Found beside I lie body of the dean man was the corpse of his constant companion, a Daschund dog. SPOKESMAN for the -Stonewall County Sheriffs of- fice said Baker had come to the office Friday night to tell officers lie had heard Williams had escaped from prison and was coming lo get him and others in the Itotan area. .Saturday a member of the Baker family revealed that the elder Baker liad received threatening letters from a prisoner in the Colorado Slate Penitentiary. The member, who asked not to be named, said he did not know ivho the :BJ-KATHARYNDUFF Reporter-News Assistant Editor ASPERMONT-. er, 65, killed Saturday in what authorities believe was a re- venge slaying, told a Stone- wall County deputy sheriff lale Friday he-was worried that an escaped convict was "on his way Irom Colorado lo get Before local officers could confirm there had been a Col- orado prison break, Baker's body was found, .draped bedspread, in the front yard of his home. The body of his dog lay his. Mrs. Leonu Elkins, office deputy to the Stonewall sher- iff, said that Baker drove from his stock farm between Aspcrmont and Rotan late Friday to ask it officials here had heard a rumor that Dal- lon Williams, formerly of Sny- der, had escaped from the Colorado State Penitentiary. WILLIAMS AND Ray Dean Campbell, of Rotan, are sus- pects in a January burglary of Baker's home in which two guns were taken. Both were jn the Colorado prison at Canon City, serving sentences in an- other case. Campbell did not join in the escape in which Williams and two other con- victs broke out Thursday night. Deputy Elkins said the Stonewall sheriff's office had not heard of the escape when Baker came making his in- quiry "Mr. Baker said it might all be a hoax, but he had been told that Williams had escaped .and had said he was going to Texas 'to get' Mr. Baker, to get Mr. and Mrs. Slim Camp- bell and Curtis and Donald McQueen ..brothers who live at the deputy said. She said Baker did not give Funeral Pending For Baker ROTAN are pending at Weathersbet Funeral Ifonie here for T. Baker, 65, killed by a trio of escaped comicls from Colora- do at his ranch north of here Saturday morning. Bom May. in V'shcr County, he was a slock farmer and rancher and a lifelong resident of the area. He married Thclma Anita Jones June 13, 1930, in Roby. She died Dec. 27, 1967. lie was a Baptist. Survivors arc three sons, Eugene of Hamlin, Stanley of Brownwood and Gary of Ro- tan; three brothers, Jim of Jaytnn, Bob of Dallas and Charles of Amaiillo; four sis- ters, Mrs. Stella Conglelon of Abilene, Emma Baker also of Abilene, Mrs. Essie Copeland of Mineral Wells and Mrs. El- len Gregory of Dallas and sis grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Belly Ak- ins, died in 1067. Deputies In Hamlin Units from the Taylor Coun- ty Sheriff's Office were in Hamlin late Saturday night sliding Jones County lawmen in the investigation of- the shooting death of a Roby stock farmer and the manhunt for three convicts connected with the shooting. Chief Deputy Stewart Dick- son said earlier in the day tiial he told Sheriff Woodrow Simmons in Jones County that Taylor County unils were readily available in Ihc event Ihey were needed in the inves- tigation. "Under the law we can leave the county Dickson said. "We'll go if we are needed, we don't have to be called." her any information on why the Campbells, parents of Ray Dean Campbell, and the Mc- Queen brothers would be ob-< jecls for revenge. Neither did Baker give her details on how" he had ben warned, she said, but she understood he had talked wilh Slim Campbell. "I told Mr. Baker Friday night e had received no word of a prison break, but would' check on it and for him lo be Mrs. Elkins said. COLORADO PRISON offi- cials confirmed to the Asso- ciated Press late Saturday that Williams had left behind a "death list" when he es- caped the Canon City prison. The prison officials said Bak- er's name was on Ibe list but they refused to reveal the oth- er names. Williams, 28, was joined in the escape by two other con- victs, Jerry Aimer, 22, former- ly of Snyder, and Richard Magnum, 22. The deputy said the Stone- wall County sheriff's office Sec BAKER, Pg. I6A, Col. I Uneasy wait Mrs. J. W.-.Turner, -sent, officers to (he home Saturday-afternoon in search of vicl Dalfon'Williams, sits uneasily with neighbor- live wanted men. (Staff Photo by .Bill Herriclge) hood children at her police lip Inside Today Cancer Victim Helps Others Despising pity and heroics, a young Abilene cancer victim believes he's been spared to help people. Pg. 17A. The group that sets world oir fare prices announces another 10 per cent hike on North Atlantic passen- ger tickets, and indicates charter prices also will rise..Pg.' 14A. Defense lawyers at the Wounded Knee trial are released from jail. Pg. 16A. Police hove been guarding the hospital room of re- puted Mafia boss Frank (Three Fingers) Coppola since an anonymous call- er said he would be killed and o cork shoved in his moulh. Pg. 6A. Abilene Events Calendar Austin Notebook tkrry's World Big Country Calendar Seeks Classified CralsworJ Editorials Farm News 28 5A 4A 2B ISA 9-1 5C 22A 4A ;fiC Horoscope.............. 3B Hospital Patient! 11A Jumble Puzzle.......... 22A Morkefj 12-MA Obituaries 2.3A Oil 8C Recordings 3B SettTnq iTic Scent IB Spoils............ 1-8C, ISC Texas 4B This Week In West Teios 4B Today in History 19A To Your Good Hcaftti ____22A TV Tab l.UE Women's Nem 1-1OD, 12D Pentagon Became Wary in Nixon's Last Days By JERRY T. BAULCH Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The Penta- gon kept close watch during the last days of Hichard M. Nixon's presidency (o guard against any possibility of or- ders going directly to military units from the White House, officials said Saturday. Pentagon officials said there was concern about the potential that "some- body in the White not neces- sarily Nixon, might go oulside the chain of command and take some ac- tion. Secretary ot Defense James li. Schlesingcr and Gen. George Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took what one Pentagon source de- scribed as contingency planning "in the event ol improbable circumstances." The Pentagon officials indicated they felt it important lo be on guard against any possibility in an unprecedented situation. Pentagon spokesman Jerry W. Fried- heim, asked about the precautions, said Schlesinger and Brown were never concerned about any action by ele- ments of the military on their own in support of Nixon. "They were never concerned that something would boil up from Kriedheim said. "There never was the slightest indication of that." He also denied reports that the mili- tary was placed under a form of sur- veillance during this period. In Atlanta, Secretary of the Army Hovyard "Bo" Callaway said Scfilesin- gcr "never discussed with me or any of my subordinates'anything like lhat. The Army was not involved in anything like thai." Callaway said he and other military leaders were more fearful of a foreign power taking advantage of the turmoil surrounding the impeachment.. Callaway acknowledged that he was unaware of any action taken by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, because he is not in the chain of command. Friedheim said no military units were ever placed on alert during the crisis culminating in Nixon's resigna- tion and the succession of Gerald Ford lo the presidency. Nixon resigned Aug. 9 after the House judiciary Committee had ap- proved three articles of impeachment but before they came lo a vote on the House floor. Pentagon sources said the precau- tionary action was designed specifical- ly lo assure that no order would go to any military unit for any sort of action against Congress during the period be- tween a House vote for impeachment and a Senate trial on impeachment charges. A Defense Department official quoted Schlesingcr as saying, "in keeping with my statutory responsibility, I did as- sure myself that there would be no question about the proper constitutional and legislative chain of command, and llierc was never any qucslion." Earlier, Schlesinger had described the military in this- situation as "a force for stability in the country." Informed sources said there was no special meeting between the secretary and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan the lightening of lines authority. Instead wort was passed that no military' com- mander would take an order that did not come down military chan- nels. prisoner was nor when Baker received the tetters. In Canon City, Colo., State Penitentiary Warden Alex Wil- son said Williams had left a death list at the penitentiary before he escaped and that Baker was on the list. Wilson, who declined lo identify others on the list, said the list "involved a lot of peo- ple here in Colorado as well as Texas." lie said those on the list in both states "are being watched prelty closely." KR. serving lite for murder, and Williams were identified as former Snyder residents. Magnum was serv- ing three to five years for car theft, while Williams was serving an indefinite term for assault. Colorado prison officials said the escape was due to negligence by prison person- nel. The three stole a car and drove away within sight of See ARKA, Pg. Col. 5 Trio Seen In Hamlin By BILL HKRR1DGF. Reporter-News Staff Writer rhe sun rose on this West Texas city Saturday morning, heralding a day not different from any 'other- Sat- urday in cotton country. But before the sun set, resi- dents learned that a trio of escaped convicts had walked in their midst, only minutes after 'a Stonewall County man 's name had. been scratched from a "death list." UALTON WILLIAMS, one of. three escaped convicts from a; Colorado, ;was, recog- nized and identified to Hamliri police by. an unidentified Ham- Jin resident shortly after 9 a.m. Police Chief Kd Wheat said Saturday evening that he had received the information from an informant he said would remain unidentified, for prot- ective purposes. "The informant told us that Williams was in the City Food Market about 3 a.m. this Wheat said. "We received shortly afterwards a call from the Roby police De- partment. that three white males, travelling in' a 1969 yellow camper with New Mexico plates, might be head- ing this way." He noted that fie had not been informed that Williams bad escaped from a Colorado prison before the call from Roby. "If we had known he' was loose and heading for Texas, See TRIO, PC- ISA. Col, t Hamlin Hospital Bonds Pass HAMLIK flamlin Hospital District voters Saturday ap- proved an aildtiona! bond issue despite opposition from a group ot landowners in the southwestern part ot Jones County. In what was called a "very good turnout." 555 voted to ap- prove the bond issue while 193 voted against. The additional funding will be used lo remodel Hamlin Memorial Hospital, making the present 42-bed hospital into a 54-bed hospital to meet federal standards. The first bond issue was passed in December when the district was created. The group opposing the pas- sage of the bond issue claimed that landowners in southern Jones County don't want to pay taxes to the Hamlin Hos- pital District when most peo- ple in that part of the county use Abilene hospitals. The group also opposed tlic election saying it had not been publicized enough and that only one holing box was used, and it was in the city hall in Hamlin.