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Michigan Daily
Vol LXXXIV, No. 9-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, May 18, 1974 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
*ce shootout said
to kil SLA members

By AP and UPI
LOS ANGELES - Five bodies
found inside a Los Angeles house
after police waged an hour-long
gun battle with suspected Symbio-
nese Liberation Army (SLA) mem-
bers were reported last night to in-
clude those of Donald DeFreeze,
known as field marshal Cinque, and
Camilla Hall, both SLA leaders.
The bodies of three other per-
sons, also believed to have been
members of the SLA, the group
which kidnaped newspaper heiress
Patricia Hearst, were also found in
the rubble of the house, which po-
lice had stormed three hours ear-
BUT AT PRESS TIME last night, po-
lice and FBI agents had not identified
the three or said whether Hearst was
among them.
The bodies were reported heavily
damaged by the fire which consumed the
THE HOUSE caught fire in the course
of the gun battle and was virtually de-
stroyed by the flames. The three bodies
were found underneath the house near
air vents to the outside.
At the Randolph Hearst home in Hills-
borough, Calif., a family spokesman said
there was concern over the possibility
that Patricia Hearst may have been
one of the victims.
"THE FEELING inside the Hearst
home is it's all over," said family spokes-
man John Lester. "Nothing has been
confirmed either way, although the
Bearsts have a direct line to the San
Francisco FBI and have been in touch
all day.
Hagen said at least two of the bodies
were women, one black and one white.
e said they were seen lying on the
floor near the back door of the house and
ammunition belts on their bodies ex-
ploded in the heat of the fire.
IN KANSAS CITY, FBI Director Clar-
ence Kelley denied reports that he had
been told Hearst was among the victims.
Hundreds of police nd FBI agents had
massed in the residential area in hopes
of trapping SLA members believed to
have taken refuge in the area. They
stormed the house, firing volley after
volley of tear gas, shotgun and M16
Their assalt was met with heavy re-
turn fire, some of it thought by officials
to be from 50-caliber machine guns,
preventing them from entering the one-
story wood frame building.
The fire apparently was sparke by
tear gas canisters.
A woman interrogated by police said
her daughter lived in the house under
siege and had allowed five persons who
arrived at 2 a.m. yesterday morning to
spend the night.
Mary Carr, 52, said her daughter,
Minnie Lewis, 33, told her that she had
allowed the five to spend the night after
they offered to pay her $100. Carr said
she went to check on her daughter yes-
terday and saw a white woman with a
pistol on her hip.
Carr said she left the house and notified

A MOTHER herds her children to safety from a house adjoining a suspected Symbionese Liberation Army hideout in
Los Angeles as a police officer moves forward during a shootout yesterday. The house later burned to the ground and
bodies of five people were found inside.
Judiciary unit membars
differ on Nixon'ssau

WASHINGTON (P) - The first four
days of impeachment hearings by the
House Judiciary Committee have left
members divided as to whether the evi-
dence helps or hurts President Nixon.
Republicans generally agree that noth-
ing they have heard points to the Presi-
dent's involvement in the Watergate
break-in and cover-up, while some Demo-
crats say a strong case against Nixon is
building up.
THE DETAILED, chronological presen-
tation of evidence has not yet reached
March 21, 1973, the date of a crucial con-
versation between Nixon and his former
counsel, John Dean, about the payment
of hush money to the Watergate defen-
The committee's attitude also could be
affected by Nixon's response to a sub-
poena ordering him to deliver 11 more
Watergate tapes by next Wednesday.
But on the basis of four long cram
sessions, during which they have digest-
ed more than 100 "statements of factual
information" gathered by the committee
staff and listened to three tapes, most
members are still waiting to see where
the evidence is going to lead.
"PERSONALLY, I'm relieved by what
we've heard," said Rep. Trent Lott (R-
Miss.), regarded as one of Nixon's strong
supporters on the committee, after the

week's final session Thursday.
"I keep waiting to hear something
that will exculpate the President," said
Rep. Robert Drinari, (D-Mass.).
The first full week of hearings ended'
with a new controversy between the
committee and the White House over
whether they should be opened to the
public. So far they have been closed,
and Chairman Peter Rodino (D-N.J.),
seems determined to keep them that
way, at least through next week.
THE WHITE HOUSE picked up some
allies among Democratic members for
opening the hearings after transcripts of
the first two tapes the committee played
were leaked to The Washington Post.
Rodino countered, however, by order-
ing that all transcripts be collected after
each session.
Rodino has closed this phase of the
hearings because the evidence being pre-
sented includes secret material from the
Watergate grand jury that was given to
the committee with the understanding it
would be kept confidential if possible.
IN PREPARATION for the eventual
opening of the sessions, work crews
moved into the committee room over the
weekend to install equipment that will
permit television cameras to be hung
from the ceiling.
In the Watergate related develop-

ments yesterday:
* Sen. Russell Long, (D-La.) said
the House probably will impeach Presi-
dent Nixon and that the Senate vote on
whether to remove him from office will
be close.
"I have not tried to count them
(votes) lately," said Long. "I think he
has lost some ground since those tapes
came out. I don't think he would be im-
peached if the Senate voted right now.
* Chief U. S. District Judge George
Hart said that he, not President Nixon,
will decide whether lists of campaign
donors considered for federal jobs will
be turned over to the special prosecutor.
Judge Hart cited as precedent the de-
cision of Judge John Sirica, who took
possession of some of the White House
tapes to decide himself whether they
were relevant to the special prosecutor's
* A White House spokesman said that
the result of leaks from the House im-
peachment inquiry is that the country is
being misled about the facts seriously
and in a calculated way.
Presidential Press Secretary Ronald
Ziegler said the leaks from the House
Judiciary Committee's closed hearings
have violated not only the panel's own
rules "but the most basic sense of fair-
ness and justice."

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