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Florida Convicts #241993

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1975
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(Studio) Report on 2 pardoned Florida convicts.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Port Saint Jo, Florida) 2 gas station attendants robbed, kidnapped and murdered on August 1, 1963. Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee arrested and confessed. Both sentenced to death. 3 years later, Curtis Adams Junior, serving life sentence for killing Fort Lauderdale service station attendant, confessed to 2 murders. Pitts and Lee say original confessions coerced. 1971 CBS interview shown.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

(Florida) [LEE - afraid to wake up some mornings.]
REPORTER: David Dick

(Florida) In 1972, Pitts and Lee got new trial, but Adams refused to testify. 2 found guilty again and sentenced to death; sentence later commuted. [ADAMS - says he killed men, not Lee and Pitts.] [Prosecutor Leo JONES - says men found guilty by democrat process.] [Service station owner Jimmy SANSOM - says if innocent, they wouldn't have been convicted.] Men pardoned by action started by Governor Reuben Askew. [LEE - says trying to get mind together.] [PITTS - says looking ahead.] [LEE - says no hatred or animosity.] Men to go to Miami.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David;
Goldberg, Bernard
Duration:
00:03:20

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