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Kennedy Car Accident / Kopechne Death #204725

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 25, 1969
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(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of auto accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne. Got 2 mos. suspended sentence and 1 year probation. Plea spares him open court hearing. Ted Kennedy to give statement shortly.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Edgartown, Massachusetts) Wife Joan present at Dukes Cnty. Court House with Ted Kennedy. [KENNEDY - says to make report to people of Massachusetts tonight.] [Police Chief Dominick ARENA -says case is closed.] [Prosecutor Walter STEELE - says sentence appropriate. Investigation closed.] Certain questions still need to be answered.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Culhane, David;
Reasoner, Harry

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