ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 07, 1983
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice's stay of execution at last minute last month for convicted murderer James Autry recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Robert Harris' murder of teenagers John Majeski and Michael Baker as part of bank robbery plan with brother Danny Harris recalled; Baker's father, Stephen Baker, recalled as Harris' arresting officer. Films, photos shown. [BAKER - notes son didn't have Supreme Court staying his execution; would like to witness Harris' execution.] Harris' appeal to Supreme Court, based on legal technicalities of his trial, and its implications for death penalty in general examined; argument presented today by Harris' attorney Anthony Amsterdam noted focusing on sentence given rapist/murderer John Zimmerman; details given. Response of deputy California attorney general Michael Wellington outlined. [OFFICIAL - describes Harris' behavior after killing boys.]
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter