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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 70-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, August 18, 1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Ford wins rules fight
Abort ion,foeg
policy battles loom

special To The Daily
The Republican national
convention last night
crushed Ronald Reagan's
hopes of becoming his par-
ty's presidential nominee as
it rejected an important
amendment to the party
rules by a vote of 1180 to
The amendment, which
would have required a can-
didate for the presidential
nomination to disclose his
vice presidential choice
prior to voting on the
nominee, had been deter-
mined vital by both the
Ford and Reagan camps
as an indication of each
candidates strength among
the delegates.
THE VOTING, m a r k e d by
loud demonstrations by support-
ers of each candidate, was pre-
ceded by a heated debate be-
tween supporters, and opponents
of the amendment. R e a g a n
forces argued - that delegates
have the right to make their
own decisions and urged the
convention to adopt the amend-
ment known as rule 16(c).
The President's backers ac-
cused the opposition of chang-
ing the rules of the game after
it had started, and said the
amendment reeked of political
Tom Curtis, a delegate from
Missouri, a s s e r t e d that the
amendment was an opportunity
to improve and strengthen the
selection process for vice-presi-
dent of the United States. "You
are representativesoftthe peo-
ple. The people are waiting for
a decision between secrecy and

Pointing to the scandals re-
sulting from other convention
selections of Spiro Agnew and
Thomas Eagleton as vice-presi-
dential candidates, Curtis ar-
gued the time was right to re-
form the vice-presidential selec-
tion process.
Hawaiian Carla Coray, a rem-
ber of the party's rules commit-
tee, called the proposal "a last
minute political maneuver.'

Daily Photo by CUI I TECCKER
GREG WILSON of Ypsilanti, a staunch supporter of Republican presidential candidate Ronald
Reagan, joins in the pandemonium last night which resides continually in the Michigan section at
Kemper Arena. As a Reagan delegate Wilson is part of a minority in the Michigan delegation.
Ypsi delegate cheers Reagan

special To The Daily
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In all the rallies and
gatherings of the Michigan delegation one face
sticks out. In the middle of the Ford supporters
who are housed in the Crown Center Hotel along
with the President, Ypsilanti native Greg Wilson
turns heads everywhere he goes.
President Ford carried Michigan by a two-
thirds margin in the state primary, but the state
law requires the delegates to be allocated in pro-
portion to the votes each candidate receives. As
a result, 29 of the 84 Michigan delegates are sup-
porters of Ronald Reagan - and Wilson is let-
ting the world know he is one of them.

WHILE MOST of his fellow Reagan-backers
keep a low profile in large gatherings of Ford
supporters, Wilson can be seen parading around
with a poster of Reagan over his head. Sunday
night as Ford spoke to a crowd in the hotel lob-
by, it was Wilson's Reagan poster that was low-
ered on a rope from an overhanging balcony,
into position behind the President.
Wilson has become notorious among the Ford
supporters for hisactions. When one Ford dele-
gate was asked "Where that young Reagan dele-
gate can be found," she replied, "You must mean
Greg Wilson."
See YPSI, Page 6

MICHIGAN Senator Robert
Griffin warned that adoption
"would drive a wedge in our
party and make unity more dif-
As the balloting proceeded, it
became clear that recent state-
ments by the Reagn camp of
delegates joining a Reagan
bandwagon had no substance be-
hind them. In several states
where secret Reagan support
was said to be hidden, it failed
to materialize.
New Jersey, which was said
to have a large number of Rea-
gan converts, voted against the
amendent 62 to 4 with one ab-
stention as the members of the
delegation w e re individually
Another state Reagan had
See FORD, Page 6

Warrants issued in Miller murder

Murder warrants were issued yesterday against a
Southern Michigan Prison escapee and a prison nurse
in the July 17 shooting death of Ann Arbor physician
Cynthia Miller, director of women's medical treatment
at the Detroit House of Correction (Dehoco).
Oakland County prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson iden-
tified the suspects as Gordon Wingard, 27, and Gail
Oliver. Both are charged with first degree murder and
felony murder.
MILLER, 29, was found slumped behind the wheel
of her 1973 Fiat on the shoulder of I-696 in Southfield.
She had been shot twice in the right temple.

-Miller had withdrawn $5,000 in $100 bills from her
savings account at the Huron Valley National Bank
earlier that morning, but police investigating the scene
did not find the money on her person or in the car
Wingaro and Oliver were last seen in Tennessee,
where autnortes discovered Oliver's car in the parking
lot of a Knoxville airport. Patterson denied reports
that the alleged murder weapon was found inside the
'We don't want to lay our cards on the table before
they're caught," he said, admitting only that there
was enough "physical evidence" to implicate the pair
in the crime.
SOUTHFIELD POLICE spokesman John Hood said

that Wingard and Oliver had also been in Florida at one
'ime and rented a motor home there.
Patterson has now asked the United States Attorney's
office to issue federal fugitive warrants for the pair's
arrest since they have crossed state lines.
Wingard, serving a three-and-a-half to five-year
sentence for attempted murder when he escaped from
Southern Michigan Prison June 29, worked in the
prison hospital as a first aide assistant. Oliver, a
licensed practical nurse, was also employed at the
facility, but resigned a few weeks before Wingard's
Miller became acquainted with the pair through her
See WARRANTS, Page 6

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