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Willie Execution #88388

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 28, 1984
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(Studio) Execution of Robert Lee Willie in Angola, LA, for rape and murder reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Angola, LA) [Stepfather of victim Vernon HARVEY - wishes relatives of other victims could witness justice done.] Murder of Faith Hathaway in 1980 recalled. Photo shown. 2 reported convicted. [Sister of victim Lizabeth HARVEY - thinks parents should witness Willie's execution.] [Mother of victim Elizabeth HARVEY - testifies against Willie at parole hearing.] [WILLIE - on November 20 asks death sentence be lifted.] [LA warden Frank BLACKBURN - announces Willie's death.] [Executive witness Guy COTES - reads Willie's final statement to victim's parents.] [Mrs. HARVEY - is glad Willie can murder no more.] [HARVEY - thinks execution too quick and easy.] Louisiana execution record noted. LA's permission for victim's relatives to witness executions noted.
REPORTER: Mark Potter

(Studio) Interview with Sister Helen Prejean. [PREJEAN - believes vengeance motivates victim relative witnesses. Speaks of Willie's last days. Advocates doing away with death sentence.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) George Will and anchor discuss capital punishment and Americans' belief in it.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Mark

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