NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 11, 1976
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(Studio) Utah governor orders stay of execution for Gary Gilmore until board of pardons meets to consider case.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Salt Lake City, UT) Preparations for execution being made when staying order delivered to prison warden Samuel Smith. [SMITH - says governor directs him to withhold execution.] Gilmore's appearance before UT supreme court Wednesday to plead for execution noted. State board of pardons will review case Wednesday; chairperson George Latimer says governor used good judgement in staying execution. [LATIMER - says sometimes people commit offenses thereby forfeiting right to stay in society; refuses comment on probable outcome of Gilmore case.] Warden Smith says if execution ordered, it will be carried out.
REPORTER: Barbara Grossman