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Utah / Gilmore / Suicide Attempts #243370

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 16, 1976
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(Studio) Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, who's trying to get death sentence carried out in UT, and girlfriend Nicole Barrett attempt suicide today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Salt Lake City, UT) Gilmore found in cell in coma from overdose of sleeping pills; is taken to Utah University Hospital. Barrett found in apt. about same time. Gilmore will live, Barrett may not. Barrett gave interview to KSL-TV last week; says she feels some responsibility for Gilmore's act of murder because she broke off with him just before it took place. [BARRETT - says debt is as much hers as Gilmore's.] Prison officials attempt to decide how Gilmore got drugs. [Warden Sam SMITH - says Gilmore could have stored own medication or gotten it from other prisoners or visitors.] Pardons board hearing is postponed. [Hospital spokesperson Dennis BRIMHALL - describes Gilmore's condition; says drug taken was Seconal.] Gilmore will go back to prison on recovery.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld (KSL-TV newsfilm)

Cronkite, Walter

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