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(Studio) Issue of women's rights and civil rights draw national attention to murder case in Washington, North Carolina.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Washington, North Carolina) On August 24, 1974, body of lone night jailer, Clarence Oligood, found. Man stabbed 7 times. Murderer assumed to be black woman occupying jail cell where Oligood's body discovered. Med. examiner discovers Oligood naked from waist down. Black woman, Joan Little, turns herself in, pleading self-defense Case has become cause among women's and civil rights groups. [Defense attorney Karen GALLOWAY - says Joan fought off sexual attack by Oligood.] [Joan LITTLE - says she can't explain how she felt that night.] Beaufort Cnty. officials admit they were wrong to have male guards over female prisoners. Cnty. grand jury indicts Miss Little for 1st degree murder. DA William Griffin declines to comment. [Publisher Washington, North Carolina, "Daily News" Ashley FUTRELL - thinks blacks believe Miss Little protecting herself; majority of whites believe she stabbed him in effort to escape.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel (WNCT-TV film)
- Cronkite, Walter
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