Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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At Infant's graveside
Grieving during January graveside services for their three-month-old daughter, Stephanie, 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
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 star, the jury came in at 1:25 p.m. with the verdict after about 20 hours of deliberation. The same jury was required to fix a sentence and took only 30 minutes to bring in the sentence of four years.
Monteith chose to be sentenced immediately, and Judge Austin McCloud pronounced sentence. Monteith was ndt given credit for time served awaiting trial. He had been in jail since January.
Nelson Quinn, court appointed attorney for Monteith, said late Friday that “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 Monteiths had no “particular reaction” to the outcome of the trial other than “they were satisfied with what transpired, with the consideration that the people of Mitchell County showed them,” Quinn said.
The lawyer said he had “no comment... I don’t know” what Mrs. Monteith’s plans for the future are.
“We have considered appeal,” he said, and anticipate that no appeal will be forthcoming.
Both Monteith 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. Monteith.
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 charged); guilty of murder
without malice, guilty of
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Jobless Near 6-Year
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation’s jobless rate climbed close to a six-year high in August while total employment, the factory work week, overtime 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 labor spokesman, AFL-CIO President George Meany, to characterize I^bor Day 1970 as a time of “great uncertainty and anxie-
Army Might Play Taps on Reveille
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of American men remember it well: The cold, predawn silence of a barracks, the occasional 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.
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BAIRD — A 76-year-old Baird woman was killed and her sister seriously injured Friday night in a 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, was in serious condition in Hendrick Friday with several broken bones.
The accident occurred at 8:35 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 injured. Manning was driving west (Mi West 4th.
A funeral home spokesman laid lawmen at the scene said the accident appeared to be unavoidable.
Services for Mrs. Brumbaugh are pending with Godfrey Funeral Home in Baird.
She is survived by two sons,
Eddie of Baird ,and another son in San Diego, Calif.; one daughter of Baird.
An Army study group has looked at the idea for a couple of years—along with a lot of other things that could aggravate today’s recruit, and recommended taps or reveille.
The final decision is up to Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland.
Along with the bugle wake-up —in most cases ifs a recording —the Army study group would junk the accompanying formation of all the fellows outside the barracks a few minutes later.
The whole idea of reveille is to get a head count every morning, 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 place,” says Brig. Gen. James Adamson, chief of the group studying ways
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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 steadily,” said the head of the 13.6-million member labor federation.
Meany blamed President Nixon’s policies for the economic decline.
At the Western White House, presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said he had talked to the Council of Economic Advisers Friday morning in regard to the jobless rate and said these advisers “feel the economy came through the recent period of adjustment with surprisingly little decline in production and employment.” Ziegler told reporters that the council chairman, Paul McCracken, had previously indicated the unemployment rate since last May “has been relatively stable,” 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” to 5.1 per cent in August. This is the range that McCracken said was expectable, but Ziegler said the
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economic advisers find “our ability to forecast changes in the employment rate have been rather limited.”
The August job report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the actual number of unemployed dropped 300.000 to 4.2 million but seasonal and other factors, including a 700,000 drop in the labor force to 84.1 million, figured out to an increase of 56,000 jobless Americans.
ROBY — Alonzo Galan II, 18, a junior in Roby High School, d od at 4:30 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 he had a broken rib.
However, he wras 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 was hospitalized later Wednes-d?v.
Stuart said he was “little, but had a big heart.” In his first year of competition, he was playing first - string fullback and defensive halfback. On a newspaper questionnaire Stuart had listed him as one of the two 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 in 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; sx sisters, Belen, Rachael, Bella, Stella and
Jackie Galan, all of Abilene, and
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One of the Abilene Zoo’s two new emus enjoys the sunshine at the zoo Friday afternoon. The emus were hatched in the Topeka, Ran., 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 GALAN II . . . dies Friday
Mrs. Lily Beavers of Neosho, Mo.
His motlier preceded him in death in 1958. An aunt, Helen Galan, helped rear him.
Pallbearers will be schoolmates Jeff Dennis, Keith Mashies, Terry Palmer, Manuel Lujan, Alonzo Lujan and Jerry Vinson.
aggravated assault, or not
Paynter was seeking the death penalty, the maximum punishment for murder with malice. Range of punishment under that conviction is from five years to life, or death.
After convicting Monteith “without malice”, jurors had the option of setting his punishment at from two to five years in prison.
The issue of malice had reportedly been the “hangup” during deliberations. Several times, the jury reported itself deadlocked, only to be sent back for further deliberations by Judge McCloud.
The state had charged that the baby died on Jan. 17 as a result of a beating on Jan. IO at the home of Mrs. Rosemary 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. IO. 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 to Mitchell County on a change of venue.
Monteith will be held in the Mitchell County Jail until transfeired to the state penitentiary, which according to Sheriff’s Deputy Forrest Smith, will be the latter part of next week or later.
Attempts to contact Paynter for comment Friday night in Abilene were unsuccessful.
School Board Gets Petition for College
By (LARY KRING
Reporter-News Staff Writer
After one week’s delay, junior college backers Friday turned over to the Taylor County Board of Education petitions calling for a vote on the question of a junior college district for the county.
The board voted 4-0 to accept the petitions, on which more than 3,000 signatures had been verified. A total of 2,902 were needed to call the election.
Jack Gressett, 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 election on the issue.
The decision will be based on whether the Coordinate Board thinks Taylor County needs a junior college district, lf there is enough public interest to support it, and if the formation of the district fits into the education master plan for the state, Gressett said.
He answered, “I’m not saying,” when asked if he thought there was a good chance the board would react favorably to the Taylor County district.
Gressett added, however, that the board has reported that a district should be established in an area which includes Taylor,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map Pg JA)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40 mile radius) - Considerable cloudiness Saturday through Sunday becom ng cooler with scattered thundershowers Saturday night and Sunday. High Saturday around 96. Low Saturday night in upper 60s. High Sunday in the lower 90s. Probability ot measurable rain 20 per cent Saturday nigh* and 30 per cent Sunday. Southerly winds 5 to 15 mph.
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Barome*er reading at IO p.m.: 27.98. Humidity at IO p m.: 42 per cent.
Nolan, Jones and Fisher Counties.
The decision whether or not the board will instruct the Taylor County commissioner to call a public election on the issue will come Oct. 19, after the board meets in Austin, Gressett said.
School board trustees present at the meeting were Chairman J.G. Wilks, James Dominy, Wray B. Williams and C.W.
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LONDON (AP) _ Natalie Makarova, one of the Soviet Un-ion’s top ballerinas, defected to the West Friday night and was
granted asylum in Britain, the Home Office said.
Miss Makarova was performing as part of the Leningrad-based Kirov ballet at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
She is the second top Russian ballet dancer to defect to the West in recent years. Rudolph Nureyev broke away from the Kirov ballet in 1961 and went on to a spectacular career.
“Miss Makarova applied to the Home Office this evening to remain in this country and her request was granted,” a Home Office spokesman said. He said the ballerina told officials she wanted “to pursue her career” in Britain.
Sources said she declared she did not want asylum for political reasons but would have more opportunity as a dancer in Britain,
Authorities said she was staying with friends somewhere in London.
The Kirov dancers were staying at a hotel on the Strand in central London. A hotel official said an unidentified friend called for Miss Makarova early
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