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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Abilene, Texas gtottme Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR. NO. 287 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79G04, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 31, 1974 SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY Ic Slate Ttx Good Deed Snuffs Out Marriage, Life PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) Amos Brown and Debbie Wcsl were to have been married Sl- uvday. on Brown's 18th birth- day. But (leatti intervened. Six days before lie died. Brown and Miss WcsL were walking home when a car slopped nearby. Miss West said they saw a woman leav- ing Ihe car. A man followed, chasing Her "I told Amos, 'We need lo help UiaL woman, she's in said Miss West, 18. "Al first, he said no, but Ihcn he gave in and we went across the street lo Ihcni. "Amos kepi pleading with Ihc man lo leave Ihe woman alone, then ho jumped on lop of the man ami pulled him off of her. "1 helped the woman gel up anil she kepi yelling that sho had to gel out or here. Then (lie man slarlcd lo lake off and Amos came up lo' me. "He started lo hug me. He said 'Debbie honey.' Then he collapsed in Ills fi- ance's arms. He had been slabbed in the heart. Two minutes later, police cars crowded Ihe area. Offi- cers rushed young Brown lo County Hospital, one mite awav. Kor six days following sur- gery, Amos duns lo life. Kor six days, Deubie sal and slept near his side. She was llicrc at a.m., March 8, when her boyfriend died. 1'olice curlier had charged Manuel C. Medina Jr. wilh as- sault wilh ink'iil lo commit murder. They said Ihe charge has now been changed lo firsl- degree murder. "We had focc-ii going togeth- er for two years almost since Hie lime I mel. him." Debbie said. "We liad been planning and planning to get maiTied on Saturday when he turned 18." AMOS 1JHOWN would have wed Saturday Swinger' Dr. K. Weds Expert advice Philip Wilson, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wilson, listens lo the helpful comments of Police officer Noel Lells the boy lo make Hie stop signal with his left hand during the Jaycce Bike Rodeo Saturday. Story, pictures, Pg. 1GA. (Staff Photo by John Best) Ballistics Tests Introduced, Seeking to Refute Hatchett BY ROY A. JONES If Rciiorter-Ncws Staff Wrilcr to disprove Army Spec. 5 James Allen Ilalchelt's claims that he shot Delvin Willinghaiii in self de- fense while Willin_gham was swinging at him with a piece of pipe, the slate Saturday in- troduced ballislics evidence indicating that of the Ihrcc sholgun blasts which struck the deceased were fired from a distance of at loasl 32 feet. The 25-year-old llatchetl hart (old the 42nd Rislriel Court jury which is considering the murder charges against him lhat he didn't remember liow far he was from Willinglmm when the shots were fired, hut lhat V.'illingham struck him with the pipe several limes be- fore he got his gun loaded and fired. Previous prosecution evi- dence has indicated thai Hie third shot, which was Ihc only fatal one, was fired at "close probably about two Ject. It struck Willingliam in the back, while the others were in Ihe arm and hip. The defense rested its case during the rare Saturday ses- sion, but then Criminal Dist. Ally. Ed Paynlci- began call- ing rebullal witnesses and Judge Don Lane eventually re- cessed the court until 9 a.m. Monday. IN ADDITION' to Ihc ballis- tics lesls, a highlight of Satur- day's four-hour session was Judge Lane's reversal of his own earlier decision which Paynler had argued "has Ihe net cffecl of gulling Ihe slale." Over Paynler's objections, Judge Lane had admitted into evidence (he testimony of a Ilawlcy school music teacher who said she saw Mamie llalchetl, c i g h t -y e a r -o 1 d danghler of the defendant, in Ilawley at Ihe approximate lime Mamie has testified she witnessed her father kill Wil- linsham near Hamby. After hearing additional evi- the presence of Sec, HEVEUSAL, 1CA, Col. 4 By BAIUIY SCHWE1I) Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Sec- retary of Stale Henry A. Kis- singer, who cultivated a "swinger" reputation by dat- ing beautiful actresses, was married Saturday in a civil ceremony lo Nancy Maginnes, a tall blonde foreign-policy re- searcher and his most con- stant female companion. The marriage evidently had tentatively sel and called off several limes since last December. The judge, Francis E. Thomas Jr., told a reporter lhat he finally got a telephone call at 4 p.m. Friday and was told ''it looks like a green light." But it was not until an hour before the wedding that lie was lold Ihe couple he was to marry in his law office were Kissinger and Miss Maginnes. "But 1 had surmised he said. Kissinger spent the morning at Ihe State Department con- ferring with Moshe Dayan, Uie Israeli Defense Minister. He had said he was going to Aca- pulco on vacation Saturday af- ternoon but made no mention of the. marriage. When a re- porler asked him Saturday if lie were seeing anyone else be- fore taking oft', Kissinger sim- ply smiled as the elevator door closed in front of him. Secrecy lias been Kissin- ger's diplomatic trademark. When a reporter asked him on the flight home from Mos- cow if he was getting married Ihis weekend Kissinger grinned and said '-absolutely." He gave, the same response when the queslion was put lo him on a fliyhl home from Ihe Middle liasl last month. The 12 newsmen would be put off with a quip. Kissin- ger, growing serious, prom- ised solemnly thai he would sec lo il that tlic.y had four or five hours' advance notice. There was none. Judge Thomas, in a tele- phone interview, said he was first contacted last December through Cui'lyle Haw, the Stale Department counselor and a close Kissinger friend, and told lie would be .marry- ing "an important person." "Then I'd get. these falls with tentative dates and then a call later that it was bciut; he said. "I've had several tentative appoint- ments." Thomas said Uie wedding certificate was delivered In him Saturday morning by Al- len H. Harrison Jr., an Arling- ton, Vii., lawyer. "That's when 1 knew for sure il was Secre- tary Kissinger but 1 had as- sumed it long Ihe judge said. The ceremony was per- formed at about p.m. and Kissinger and his wife lefl cli- rccily afterward for National Airport where they boarded