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Florida / Zamora Murder Trial / Television Violence #50511

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Opening arguments are made in Florida murder trial of Ronald Zamora, whose defense is intoxication by TV.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Miami, Florida) Teenager Zamora appears oblivious of television cameras filming trial, as prosecutor Tom Headley makes arguments. [HEADLEY - expects to prove that defense killed Elinor Haggart because of fear she'd call police and that Zamora was legally sane when he did it.] Headley isn't asking death sentence, but life imprisonment, because of defense's age, he says. Defense attorney Ellis Rubin's characterization of client and arguments that youth lives in world of violent television fantasy, copying such characters as Kojak noted. [RUBIN - says client, at time of crime, couldn't distinguish if he was in television play or if it was cold-blooded, premeditated murder.] Other details with regard to trial noted; whether or not defense star witness, actor Telly Savalas, will take stand won't be known till next wk., when actor's ordered deposition will be judged as to relevancy to defense position.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin

Reporter(s):
Sirkin, Bob;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:02:30

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