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Thursday, August 14, 1975


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Thursday, August 14, 1975 THE MIC$IGAN DAILY Page Three

Jury hears final arguments in Little trial
RALEIGH, NC. (A) - Closing argo- noon, shortly after a telephone operator is, "Did Joan Little on the morning of the jail the night Alligood was killed.
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menw m .oan Ltme's tria for muraer
began yesterday afternoon with an at-
torney for the 21-year-old black woman
telling jurors she surrendered to face
charges that she killed her white jailer
because she believed she would get a
fair trial.
"She believes, she knows, that the
truth will set her free, that she can rely
on your ability to search out the truth,
to find it, and find for her," said attor-
ney James Rowan in the first of five
closing statements for the defense.-

testifyng for the state contradicted Lit-
tIe's testimony about a long-distance call
allegedly made the night jailer Clar-
ence Alligood was killed.
It was the first time the jury had
heard a witness contradict Little since
her trial began.
With 7 hours allotted for closing argu-
ments, the case now is expected to go to
the jury about noon tomorrow. The de-
fense waived its right to present more

Aug. 27 act in self defense in repelling
Clarence Alligood?"
"What has been submitted to you is
that Joan Little, under attack, was forc-
ed to commit a sexual act against her
will, rebelled and said, 'I will not do this
any longer.' To gain her freedom, she
struck Clarence Alligood and his death
resulted," Rowan said.
Little has testified she stabbed the 62-
year-old jailer with an-ice pick, without
intending to kill him, after he forced her
to perform oral sex on him. She is
charged with second-degree murder. She
surrendered eight days after fleeing from

"IF she did not kill in self defense,
why would she turn herself back to the
police . . . the act of a person who has
just perpetrated murder?" Rowan asked
the jury.
As the trial neared an end, attorneys
for both sides forecast difficulty with
John Wilkinson, a special prosecutor
hired by the Alligood family, said he does
not see how the state can get a convic-
tion because, he said, it hasn't proven
its case."

ROWAN, speaking in soft tones, told
ROWAN spoke to the jury in late after- the jurors the main question before them

A&P shuts Huron
store;can't match
local competitors
"It was a very friendly store," reflected Leo Sabatini, a
young clerk at the Huron St. A&P supermarket, which will close
Saturday. "It's kind of a vanishing tradition. Some people have
been shopping here for thirty and forty years."
A fixture for city grocery shoppers since 1938, the small,
red-tiled market with the familiar circular emblem on its front
has been unable to compete profitably wth larger, more widely
stocked stores in area shjpping centers. Obsolescence, in a
word, has caught up with one more neighborhood supermarket.
"THIS STORE'S problem has been a very high overhead,"
explained Sabatini, an articulate college graduate biding his
time until he can find a teaching job. "The rent is high, and
it's a very old building, so there are a lot of maintenance prob-
lems. We have a limited clientele-students and older people,
who don't buy much."
Sabatini added that A&P carries few non-food items, which,
he says is where chains like Kroger's and K-Mart make the bulk
of their profits.
While the market's employes are all reportedly assured jobs
at other A&P stores in the area, its departure from Huron St.
will cause serious hardship for some of its elderly customers.
HELEN ARNOLD used to take her infant son, now 24, shop-
ping with her everyday at the Huron A&P. She is angered by the
closing because her older friends who have no cars will have
trouble shopping for food cheaply.
"It makes me kind of sick," Arnold said. "It's a crazy time
for them to be closing a store you can walk to with the price of
gas and all. I feel sorry for the elderly people now because
they'll either have to rely on somebody else, or go to one of the
independent stores, which are really expensive."
One woman from Fifth St. who described herself as "pushing
damn close to 70," said she planned to make three trips daily
AP Photo until Saturday's closing to stock up. There is no way, she said,
See A & P, Page 5

A dog and his boy
A boy is taking his dog, or a dog is taking his boy for a walk in this photo of five-yea
rey Sowers out-enjoying the early morning air with his Great Dane, Thunder in Warm
Men fare wellat 'women'sw

mr-old Jeff-
inster, Pa.

Contrary to the notion that they are plagued
by archaic stereotypes, many men seem to be
faring quite well working in fields traditionally
dominated by women.
THE FEW males who have joined the ranks of
secretaries, nurses and telephone operators ap-
pear to shatter the- popular image that they are
shunned or ridiculed for breaking traditions.
Most deny that they've faced much discrimina-
tion and attest to being treated with greater
respect than women who work in the same fields.
Though he claimed he was given the old "we
usually hire a woman" routine, University sec-
retary John Layman admitted that, once on the
job, he was treated as an administrator by most
people coming into the office.
ROB NUISMER, secretary in the University's

personnel office, echoed Layman's impressions
saying, "It's the old stereotypical thing that a
man is supposedly in charge-it irritates me."
Those men employed as nurses confirmed the
expectation that many patients mistake them for
Ron Scofield, who works at the Neuropsychia-
tric Institute (NPI), says that even after explain-
ing he is a nurse, the patient will respond " 'Oh
a male nurse.' They think a male nurse is dif-
ferent than a registered nurse," Scofield added.
OTHER THAN this reaction, these men have
encountered few stereotypes.
For the most part they've been readily ac-
cepted by colleagues, customers and employers.
Scofield, who served as a corpsman in the
service over ten years ago, said he was one of
See MEN, Page 5

Ex-juror admits
Kent State bias
CLEVELAND, Ohio P) -- A juror in the Kent State shoot-
ings trial, who was dismissed yesterday after allegedly call-
ing the plaintiffs "commies," conceded later that he already
had decided against the plaintiffs in the $46 million civil suit.
Douglas Watts of Mogadore, an Akron suburb, was dis-
missed after he admitted violating U. S. District Court Judge
Don Young's instructions against discussing the case or form-
ing opinions before the trial's end. Watts, himself an alternate
when the trial began, was replaced by alternate juror Mary
Blazina of Lorain.
WATTS said after his dismissal that he had discussed the
case repeatedly with "a couple of guys" at a Ford Motor Co.
plant where he is a foreman. But he said he did not recall
using the word "commies" to describe the plaintiffs.
Court sources said the plaintiffs' lawyers told Young an
anonymous telephone caller said Watts had called their
clients "commies." Watts said he thought the report re-
sulted from a misunderstanding of his comments about a
witness who testified he was a Communist.
Watts said a telephone interview from his home that he
See EX, Page7 -

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