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Friday, August 1, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Fridoy~ August 1, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Deputy testifies in
Litt/e murder case

RALEIGH, N.C. (P) - The prosecution began
laying the groundwork yesterday for its claim
that Joan Little, a 21-year-old black charged
with murder, plotted her escape from a Beaufort
County cell the night her white jailer was killed.
Sheriff's Deputy Willis Allan Peachey testified
that he saw Little talking on a telephone in the
jail office a few hours before Alligood's body
was found in her cell.
"SHE WAS talking in a very low tone of
voice," Peachey said, and indicated her manner
was in sharp contrast to previous occasions.
Peachey also testified that a cigarette pack-
age, containing 17 Salem cigarettes and two
Marlboros, were found in the cell.
The state contends that Little lured Alligood,
62, into her cell and then killed him so that she
could escape. Peachey did not explain the pres-
ence of the two types of cigarettes, but the state
is expected to argue that Alligood entered the
cell to give the Marlboros to Little, although she
already had the Salems.-
MISS LITTLE, who fled from the jail but sur-
rendered eight days later, admits she stabbed
Alligood with an icepick but contends she acted
in self-defense to fend off a sexual attack.
Earlier this week, medical witnesses said
they found 11 stab wounds on Alligood's body,
which was nude from the waist down except for
his socks.
As the testimony continued, civil rights
demonstrators picketed outside the Wake County

Courthouse. They carried signs calling for Little's
freedom and for the reinstatement of Morris
Dees, a defense attorney who was dismissed
Tuesday by Judge Hamilton Hobgood after a
witness testified Dees encouraged her to com-
mit perjury.
SEVERAL black ministers also attended yes-
terday's session. A spokesman, the Rev. Ronald-
Swain, said: "Our feeling is that the only fair
trial Miss Little can get is no trial at all," he
said.
Earlier yesterday a police fingerprint expert
testified that he and Peachey handled an icepick
found in Alligood's hand before it was subjected
to careful examination.
Danny Respass of the Washington, N.C., police
force said he withdrew the icepick from Alli-
good's grasp and handed it to Peachey, who
then jammed it into a rear pants pocket.
PEACHEY said Alligood and a jail trusty,
Terry Bell, were in the office when he saw
Little talking on the phone. That was about 10:30
p.m. on the night of Aug. 27.
Peachey said he returned to patrol, then went
home. He was awakened at 4 a.m. to return to
the jail after Alligood's body was found.
Peachey said Alligood's body was on the bunk
in Little's cell. A folded blanket lay on the
floor, partially covering one of Alligood's feet,
Peachey said, and another blanket was hanging
from the cell bars.

Man fatally shot
i Ypsi auto plant
(ontinued trm a'ge 1) appeared to be loading a gun.
WHILE the gunman's motives He then stepped out around a
remain unclear, Vinson recently corner pointing the gun and
complained of severe depression said 'turn around.' "
and asked a supervisor to put
him on sick duty. Vinson was TENNANT obeyed the gun-
last seen by Ford officials on man's order to "go down stairs,"
Monday when he reported for and was not injured.
work but left after only an hour.
Police officials have not yet Ford officials added Vinson
offered a possible motive for was not scheduled for work yes-
the shootings. terday morning and had enter-
According to Moore, the shoot- ed the plant through a side gate
ings were witnessed by some rather than the main gate. They
15 to 2) Ford employes. indicated the gunman was in-
One witness, Jim Tennant, side the plant no more than
who was threatened by the gun- one-half hour before the three
man said, "I saw a man who men were shot.
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Nigerian leaders Ii
LAGOS, Nigeria (M -- Ni- terminded the creation of what
geria's new military leaders is intended to be a West African
yesterday lifted the dusk to common market.
dawn curfew they imposed af- The lifting of the curfew and
ter a bloodless coup three days resumption of internal flights
ago. They also ordered a re- and external telecommunica-
sumption of domestic air tions reflect the growing confi-
flights. dence of the new Nigerian head
But a special announcement of state, Brig. Gen. Muritala
over Radio Nigeria said the na- Mohammed, and his govern-
tion's borders will remain clos- ment that the ousting of Go-
ed for the present to all for- won is being widely accepted
eigners except those living in by Nigerians and that there
countries belonging to the Eco- will be no adverse opposition.
nomic Community of West Af- His confidence was further
rican States. reflected by his Wednesday
T H E COMMUNITY, which night announcement that Go-
includes 14 countries, was won, now in Uganda where he
formed at a meeting in La- went for the Organization of
gos earlier this year. It was African Unity summit, will be
considered a triumph for the allowed to return home once
ousted Nigerian head of state, the situation has quieted down.
Gen. Yakabu Gowon, who mas- HE GUARANTEED t h e
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At the same time ,he moved
to consolidate his position by a
purge of the armed forces and
the appointment of new gover-
nors for all 12 Nigerian states.
The governors play a key role
in the military system of gov-
ernment,

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