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Harris trial judge assailed

Wednesday, August 4, 1976
Oil millionaire charged in
family shooting rampage

completed a fourth day of delib-
erations yesterday in the Wil-
liam and Emily Harris trial as
two women assailed by the trial
judge in a controversial riling
comolained of their treatment
by the court.
The seven-woman, five-man
panel retired for the night with-
out reaching a verdict against
the Harrises after deliberating a
total of 23 hours and 10 minutes
since the case was placed in
their hands last Friday.
MEANWHILE, in official let-
ters to the judge and prosecutor
and in courthouse interviews,
Jeannie Barton and Corinne
Hansen said they were "dis-
appointed and disenchanted"
that the judge and prosecutor
ridiculed their reports of jury
bias against the Harrises.
They called the statements of
Superior Court Judee Mark
Brandler and Denuty Dist. Atty.
Sam Mayerson "shocking" and
"appalling "
Both Brandler and Mayerson
declined comment on the wom-
en's statements.

THE HARRISES are charged
with kidnaping, robbery and as-
sault along with Patricia Hearst,
who is to be tried separately.
The charges stem from a crime
spree in May 1975 in which the
Harrises allegedly shoplifted at
a sporting goods store and later
stole vehicles and kidnaped two
people while eluding police.
Brandler justified his denial
of a mistrial motion in the trial
Monday by expressing doubt
about the women's honesty.
Barton and Hansen, onetime
prospective jurors in the Harris
case, came forward to report
possible prejudice on the jury
and threw the trial into an up-
BRANDLER said he did not
consider them credible witnesses
and suggested they were dis-
gruntled at not becoming jurors
in the case. Mayerson termed
Barton's complaints the words
of "an hysterical woman."
In a letter delivered to Brand-
ler, Barton said, "I am absolute-
ly appalled at your intimation
that I would falsely accuse the
juror in question . . .

'To cast aspersions upon the
veracity of Miss Hansen and
myself is, in my opinion, most
improper .. . To skirt the issue
by labeling us untruthful is be-
neath your dignity and is abso-
lutely untrue."
HANSEN told reporters: "I
really wasn't surprised. I think
Brandler would say anything at
this point to save his own neck-
even slander."
Hansen said she feared the
judge's angry rebuke would dis-
courage other citizens from re-
porting irregularities. "I think
they might be afraid for their
own reputations," she said.
In a letter to Mayerson, Bar-
ton said she was humiliated by
his remarks. "'I was shocked
and saddened to hear you say-
ing the prospective juror who
brought up the charges . . .
was an hysterical woman,' she
THE TWO women had report-
ed that a juror now sitting on
the Harris trial possibly pre-
judged the couple weeks ago,
adding they heard him say the
trial's outcome was "a foregone
cpnclusion." They also told of a
prospective juror building a
miniature gallows on which he
hung the Harrises in effigy.

Millionaire oil industry heir T.
Cullen Davis was jailed yester-
day in lieu of $80,000 bond,
charged with two counts of mur-
der and two of attempted mur-
der after an early morning se-
ries of shootings at a mansion
where his estranged wife was
Davis' wife Priscilla, often
seen with former Texas Chris-
tian University basketball star
Stan Farr, said the gunman
"put on a black wig ... and
went wild" when the shootings
occurred about 12:30 a.m. at
the 140-acre estate.
POLICE identified the dead
as Farr, 30, and Andrea Wil-
burn, 12, Mrs. 'Davis' daughter
by a previous marriage. Wound-
ed were Mrs. Davis, 35, and Gus
Gavrel Jr., 21. Mrs. Davis was
in serious condition at John Pe-
ter Smith Hospital with a bul-
let wound in the chest. Gav-
rel was in critical condition,
shot once in the ribs.
Davis, 42-year-old scion of a
wealthy industrial family, was
arrested across town in con-
nection with the shootings.
Peace Justice W.W. Matthews

Directors and Designers
Ann Arbor Civi' Theatre is now seeking pplications for direc-
tors and dersers for our 1976-77 Season: Summer and Smoke,
October 20-24; Little Mary Sunshine, December 15-19; Spofford
(H. Shulin)1,1Ja'nuary 26-30; iBrigadaon, April 20-24; Anastasia
(. Murette), Msy 12-18. We rre loin gtr experienced stage
directors, micald iirectors. and scene, costume, prop and light-
ing designer. Interested individuals need not be members of
AACTnour esidentustfAnArbose-we isuite nnyone with on
interst in thlse positions to send saresue to AACT, e OBx
1993, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, or call 662-7282 or 665-0063 for
further infor m t on.
AACT pays honoraria to all directing and design staff.
Note: We hope toholdn trvewrs fto director ford Summer and
Smonke ott Autgns5,1076. Persons interested In directing this
show should contact AACT before August 7 to arrange for an
appointment. All other positions will be interviewed in early
September; final deadline for all applications is September
5, 1976.
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Vigilantes raid youtli
LOGAN, Ohio (P) - The men ing River southeast of here.
were armed with shotguns as THE FIRE was the campers'
they surrounded what they version of the Olympic torch.
thought was a burning cross at The raid last Saturday came
a campground in the sparsely amid a climate of fear in Lo-
populated county in the hills of gan and Hocking County, where
southeastern Ohio. some residents are intent on
Their vigilante - type raid, as catching what they believe is
the local newspaper and police a group of people who move
have termed the activity, turn- among the hills at night muti-
ed up a group of Lutherans lating animals in strange re-
holding a junior Olympics in ligious observances.
the camp, snuggled in the hills It started in May when the
near where Fivemile Creek police and sheriff's departments
empties into the muddy Hock- began receiving reports of mu-
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set bond and ordered him to
undergo a psychiatric examina-
Mrs. Davis filed for divorce
from her husband in July 1974
but the proceedings have been
stalled over property settle-
ment. Davis is president of
Stratoflex, Inc., makers of oil
field equipment fittings. The
couple married eight years ago.
THE ELEGANT mansion, with
an indoor swimming pool and
decorated with a fortune in art,
including a $400,000 Renoir
painting in one of the bath-
rooms, had been the setting for
gala affairs, most recently a
high school graduation party
for Mrs. Davis' 18-year-old
daughter, Dee Wilburn, attend-
ed by about 1,000 persons.
After interviewing Mrs. Davis
and others, police recounted at
a news conference how they
said the killings occurred:
Mrs. Davis and Farr returned
to the darkened mansion around
midnight where they apparently
found Andrea Wilburn dead in
the basement, shot once in the
chest. The gunman tried to
force the pair into the base-
ment. Farr was gunned down
and Mrs. Davis was wounded.
tilated animals. Those depart-
ments confirm that some mu-
tilations have occurred but de-
tails remain sketchy. Local
law enforcement agencies are
keeping quiet, evidently to keep
from spreading the wild-fire
rumors even quicker. Or so
Logan Daily News editor Jim
Myers speculates.
"I DON'T know if that's the
right thing or not," Myers said.
"The way the rumor has spread
already, perhaps some facts
would slow it down."
That rumor runs something
like this:
A group of men in black
robes and hods, the garb of an
an unknown religious sect, are
mutilating animals as part of
their ritual. The police and
sheriff there say they know of
10 cases of mutilation but have
not linked those to any bizarre
worship activities.
THEV HAVE received re-
ports of the mutilations of two
horses, a dog, chickens, a cow,
a steer and four rabbits. Police
Chief James Thompson and
Sheriff Paul Hartman both have
said there are no reports of
harm being done to humans.
A reporter for the Daily News
sayswa police spokesman said
ho was in a patrol car dogging
the "vigilantes" last Friday
and that in stopping at rural
homes to check the where-
abouts of the armed men they
were met at three successive
doors by residents with shot-
The law enforcement agen-
cies warn the vigilantes that the
law will be enforced if they are
caught carrying weapons illeg-


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