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 - Three Franklin Youths Sentenced RALPH DAWSON...
Three Franklin Youths Sentenced RALPH DAWSON Tonnessean State Correspondent 'FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Three Pjanklin youths charged witb disposing of a dead body in tfc drug death of a Franklin tSenager were committed yesterday to the Tennessee Department of Correction to sfirve sentences in state training schools. Juvenile Judge Fulton Greer handed down the sentences after- an hour-long hearing whicH included motions by de-fense-attor neys that the charges be dismissed because of insufficient evidence. GREER SENTENCED Miss Robin Jones, 16, of Hill Estates, Franklin, to 22 months in the training school, until she is 18, and handed down unspecified terms for David Wayne Helton, 17, of Cadet Subdivision, Franklin, and Michael Eugene Daniels, 16, of Thompsons Station. County Atty. Henry Denmark" Bell, who served as legal adviser to Greer, said it was Zhis understanding that the ttyo boys would be released from the training school whejj they become 18, which is eight months away for Helton and 12 months for Daniels. Defense attorneys Carter Conway, Jim Woodard and Don Young said they would appeal the verdicts to Circuit Court. THE YOUTHS were being held in the Williamson County Jail last night, pending their transfer, possibly today, to the Heiman Street diagnostic center in Nashville, Sheriff Fleming Williams said. The three, along with an adult, Charles Robert Hawks, 20, of Colt Lane, Franklin, are charged in connection with the death of David Eason Jr., 18, of Franklin, whose body was found July 21 in the back seat of his car about five miles south of here. A coroner's jury later ruled that Eason died as the result of drugs. Hawks was bound over to the Williamson County Grand Jury Saturday on charges of disposing of the body and manslaughter. A statement given to officers by Hawks indicated he helped Eason inject heroin. AT YESTERDAY'S hearing, Sue Maddox, 18, of Franklin repeated earlier testimony that she, Eason, Hawks and Miss Jones used the heroin at a motel room on the night the teenager died. Jimmy Veach testified he saw Hawks and Miss Jones come into a truck stop on the night Eason died and that Hawks talked with Daniels and Helton a short time before he left with them in Eason's car. Veach said he later saw the three walking toward the truck stop from the area where Eason's car and body were found early the next morning. During the hearing, Sheriff Williams did not introduce statements given by the defendants to officers, which defense attorneys had objected to last week. 1 wo

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  1. The Tennessean,
  2. 07 Aug 1973, Tue,
  3. Page 10

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