The former President of the United Mine Workers union in the United States, Mr. W.A.?
The former President of the United Mine Workers union in the United States, Mr. W.A. "Tony" Boyle was charged on Thursday (September 6) with the murder of union rival Mr. Joseph Yablonski.
Three weeks after Mr. Boyle defeated Mr. defeated Mr. Yablonski in a bitter struggle for the union's leadership in 1969 the Yablonski family were found murdered in their home in Clarkaville, Pennsylvania.
Three man ware later convicted of the murder. The new evidence which led to the charges against Mr. Boyle came form Mr. William Turnbull a union official who turned state's evidence and pleaded guilty to the charges faced by Mr. Boyle.
In addition to the murder charges Tony Boyle is also accused of conspiring to kill Mr. Yablonski and of violating his civil rights.
Mr. Boyle who is 71 was taken immediately into custody in Washington, but was later granted 50,000 US dollars ($20,000) bail. He is still appealing against a sentence of five years handed down last year for using funds for political donations.
The new Federal indictment says that on June 23 1969 Tony Boyle gave the order to Mr. Albert Pass, a union official and Mr. Turnbull to eliminate Yablonski. By September, 20,000 US dollars (GBP 8,000 sterling) of union funds had been set aside for the killing, it is alleged.
Boyle was arrested in this down Washington building this morning. He was given a deposition in civil case involving the union, ironically, the deposition was being taken by Joseph Chip Yablonski the son of the man boyle is charged with conspiring to murder. After processing by Federal agents he was escorted to US District Court.