• Short Summary

    Twenty-one-year-old Black American Joan Little, who has been accused of murdering her jailer, took the stand in her own defence on Monday (11 August) in a courtroom in Raleigh, North Carolina.)
    Ms Little, whose case has attracted international publicity, told the court how she stabbed her jailer, a 62-year-old white man, Clarence Alligood.

  • Description

    Twenty-one-year-old Black American Joan Little, who has been accused of murdering her jailer, took the stand in her own defence on Monday (11 August) in a courtroom in Raleigh, North Carolina.)
    Ms Little, whose case has attracted international publicity, told the court how she stabbed her jailer, a 62-year-old white man, Clarence Alligood. She said she stabbed him repeatedly with an ice pick after he forced her into an oral sex act. Ms Little was serving a seven to 10 year sentence for housebreaking at the Beaufort County Jail.

    The trial, which has lasted nearly two weeks, has aroused widespread public interest with womens' rights organisations backing Ms Little.

    At one time during her statement to the court, Ms Little broke into sobs and the judge ordered a brief adjournment. Two jurors also broke down and cried during her statement.

    Both Ms Little's and the dead jailer's families have been present at the trial. Ms Little was originally charged with first degree murder for killing Mr. Alligood one night in her cell in August 1974. The charge was later reduced to manslaughter.

    The prosecution was to begin what is expected to be a gruelling cross examination.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5NLO3A60F16V7CHGWILYTGWUC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5NLO3A60F16V7CHGWILYTGWUC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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