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Corona / Conviction Overturned / New Trial #54172

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1978
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(Studio) Overturning of conviction of Juan Corona on chgs. of murder in case that occurred in California 7 years ago noted. New trial to be held in Yuba City, where murders of 25 farm workers happened.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Yuba City, California) Background of Corona case and recent court ruling about incompetency of his defense attorney during 1st trial given; film shown. Former Corona attorney Richard Hawk's reaction reported [HAWKS - speaks of not guilty by reason of insanity plea.] [Original trial juror Naomi UNDERWOOD - says Corona has suffered for crimes she doesn't believe he committed.] Cost of new trial to Sutter Cnty. if trial reset there, noted; Dist. Attorney Ted Hansen's expressed hope that state will pay most of it mentioned. [HANSEN - cites problems in locating witnesses in new trial.]
REPORTER: Tom Schell

Reasoner, Harry;
Schell, Tom

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