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Detroit / Murder Trial #251194

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) Defense gives opening arguments in Detroit trial of 2 nurses accused of murdering patients at Michigan Veterans Administration hospital.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Detroit, Michigan) Defendants are Filipina Narciso and Leonora Perez. Arguments of defense attorney Tom O'Brien noted. O'Brien says FBI made nurses scapegoats because of pressure to solve case. O'Brien and co-cnsl. Edward Stein list other more likely suspects, include nurses' former supervisor Betty Jakiin, who rptdly. confessed to murders as she died in successful suicide attempt; attys. also noted minimum security procedures of hospital and this is acknowledged on stand by Veterans Administration administration Gary Calhoun. Defendants say they are pleased with session, refuse comment with regard to attys.' charges of government harassment. [PEREZ - can't comment.] [STEIN - says government treatment of defendants will come to light in trial.] [NARCISO - is confident justice will prevail.] Trial expected to last into summer.
REPORTER: Renee Poussaint

Cronkite, Walter;
Poussaint, Renee

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