High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Oct 16 1974, Page 109

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Fir if to 14 years Man facing execution Nashville Tain a a Young married and the father of two Small spends Bis Days quietly on death Row Reading magazines and trying not to think of Jan 5 1975 the Day he is to die Clarence Leonard Collinsjr is scheduled to become the first Man in More than 14 years to be executed in the electric chair under Tennessee new capital punishment Law ill be sitting in my cell and then something in the Back of my mind tells me Jan 5 is coming closer and closer Collins said in an interview at the Tennessee state prison then i will yell at some body to talk so i wont have to think about it he said Tennessee new capital punishment statute became Law last february after the state supreme court struck Down As unconstitutional a Law enacted in feb 1973 the new Law makes death mandatory for certain types of murder and for the rape of a female under 12 Collins was sentenced to death sept 4 by a Morristown Tenn jury that found him guilty of shooting a Middle aged couple on March 19 and then burning the bodies by setting fire to their House Collins court appointed at Torney has appealed the Case to the state court of criminal appeals and has requested a stay of execution from gov Winfield Dunn apart from saying there were More than just me involved Collins would not discuss specifics of the Case however he did claim his Case was prejudiced by Adverse pretrial publicity the jury had decided what they were going to do before the trial even started he said Collins and his wife Dorothy have two children Eric Russell 2 and David Leonard 2 months he said he does not want to see anybody from Morristown except his children when i see my folks or people from Home i Start thinking about Home i dont want to think about it he said but i would like to see my Collins who is in solitary confinement exercises in the prison Yard three times a week under guard and spends the rest of the time in his cell i think they ought to let Parish names strange London a yes there is a Parish of Piddletrenthide with Alton Pancras and Plush that fact has been established beyond a peradventure by no less an authority than the readers letters columns of the London times there Are also incidentally places in England with names like Huish Episcopu and Shellow Howells to say nothing of mucking and Messing it started when a or Phi Moore wrote that he had read among the ecclesiastical appointments reported in the times that the vicar of Piddletrenthide with Alton Pancras and Plush is to be priest in charge of Buckhorn Weston and Kington Magna is there really a Parish of Piddletrenthide with Alton Pancras and Plush he asked a proud Dorset Man Trevor Jones assured him that there is such a place and it is As delightful As its name implies for Good measure Jones added we also have Toller Pocorus wydling st Nicholas Whitchurch Canon Corum and Rome intrinsic a to name but four others from neighbouring Somerset county Digby Meller boasted they had villages with names just As evocative As those in Dorset such As Wyke Cham Flower Chilton Cantelo Huish Episcopu and Upton Noble Essex county Over on the East coast of England got into the act with h m crome of Baxted reporting Village names like Shellow Howells and Wulin Gale Spain and Good easter and a turns bin Siead we Mast also admit to Baring mocking Messing and Ugley gnome me go in the Yard like everybody else in no different from anybody else except for the electric chair i usually stay awake at nights and sleep during the Day most of the other men on the Block do that and i just fell into the pattern sometimes he thinks about the jury that sentenced him to death i cant really bring myself to believe that in three hours and 40 minutes they could make a decision like that he said to take a mans life Collins also said capital punishment is morally wrong for any crime its against the whole belief of the american Way of 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