Trials: To Find His Father's Killer

For 20 years, a resolute Tennessean named Welby Lee has searched for the hit-run driver who hurtled out of the gloom on a rural road and killed his father on New Year's Eve, 1944. With only a broken bumper guard as solid evidence, Lumber Merchant Lee, now 51, traced scores of cars, braced dozens of suspects and traveled 100,000 miles before he caught up last summer with Grover Jones, 55, now an Indianapolis handyman. Lee amassed 153 pages of circumstantial evidence, and Jones was indicted for second-degree murder.

Last week Jones went on trial in Celina, Tenn. (pop. 1,228). Outside...