ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 1977
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(Studio) Trial of Buddy Cochran begins in Americus, Georgia. In July, Cochran drove his Jaguar auto. into crowd at rally in Plains. 1st witness for defense is Lillian Carter.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Americus, Georgia) [Lillian CARTER - tells reporters she's fine.] Mrs. Carter says she'd never seen Klansman before, so went to rally out of curiosity, but watched and listened from car across street. In testimony, it's clear she saw little of what happened. (Audio tape of testimony played.) [Mrs. CARTER - could hear men talking and knew who it was, but was so far away she saw little.] Descriptions of Ku Klux Klan mbrs.' remarks at rally and of Cochran's attack on crowd with car, according to other witnesses, noted. [Mrs. CARTER - thought it was gun, at 1st; wanted to stay and see what happened, but aide took her away immediately.] Is difficult to see how Mrs. Carter's testimony can help defense, which uses temporary insanity as defense for Cochran.
REPORTER: David Snell Artist: Anthony Accurso
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