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Florida Teenager Murder Trial / Def. / Television Violence / Television Coverage #254330

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) Teenager Ronald Zamora goes on trial for murder committed during burglary in Miami, Florida. Case is unusual because television cameras are being allowed and because of defense
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Miami, Florida) Victim in case was Mrs. Elinor Haggart; 2 defs. are teenagers Ronald Zamora and Darrell Agrella, who will be tried separately. Zamora trial begins today. (Films of murder site and of ctroom. shown.) Zamora's attorney will attempt defense on grounds of insanity, saying it was caused by television violence; details of defense statement noted. television show "Kojak", starring actor Telly Savalas, is Zamora's favorite television program, according to defense attorney (Scenes from "Kojak" shown.) Savalas has been ordered to give deposition to court, judge will then decide if actor should testify. Other details of trial, include televising of ctroom. events, noted. Judge Paul Baker has ordered all witnesses and jurors not to watch rebroadcasts of trial and has ordered attys. not to talk to news media. Defs. could be given death sentence.
REPORTER: David Dick

Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David

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