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Willie Execution #535133

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 27, 1984
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(Studio) Upcoming execution in Louisiana of Robert Lee Willie noted.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Angola Prison, LA) Willie's conviction of rape and stabbing death of Faith Hathaway noted. [WILLIE - comments.] [LA state EXECUTIONER - comments.] Executioner's wish not be identified cited. Incr. in number of executions in country this year stated. Expected increase in coming year mentioned. Concerns of civil libertarians with regard to death penalty noted. [Victim's father, Vernon HARVEY - comments.] Fight for death penalty against Willie by Vernon and Elizabeth Hathaway cited; their plans to witness execution mentioned. Willie's father's belief that son should die stated. [John WILLIE - comments.] No. of executions in LA this year said second only to number in Florida. [WILLIE - comments.] [EXECUTIONER - comments.] Next planned execution in Louisiana noted.
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

(Studio) Other comments with regard to Robert Lee Willie and John Willie given.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Cummins, Jim;
Utley, Garrick

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