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Arizona / Religious Sect #520474

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 29, 1982
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(Studio) Miracle Valley, Arizona, shoot-out between police and religious sect recalled.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Miracle Valley, Arizona) Indictment of commune members involved in shoot-out mentioned; investigation into Saturday's violence noted encompassing inquiry into region's violent atmosphere. Role of evangelist A.A. Allen and his disciple Frances Thomas in area discussed; photos shown. Thomas noted founding Christ Miracle Healing Center; commune's intimidation of community discussed. [MAN - promises violent response to church.] [THOMAS - claims sheriff's office is threat to them.] [Sheriff Jimmy JUDD - accuses church members of attacking police.] Past violence involving church members recalled. [Bishop Julius GILLESPIE - claims racism is source of Saturday's violence.] [JUDD - responds.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver

Mudd, Roger;
Oliver, Don

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