Trials: A Grudging Acquittal

U.S. Peace Corpsman Bill H. Kinsey, 24, charged with bludgeoning his wife to death, was on trial for 18 days in the Tanzanian town of Mwanza (TIME, Sept. 16). Last week he was found not guilty, but the verdict had a distinctly grudging sound.

The two trial assessors (something like jurors), one of them an American, decided that Peverly Kinsey's death was "an obvious accident." As they saw it, the prosecution failed to disprove Kinsey's claim that Peverly had slipped and plunged 20 ft. to her death while the two young teachers were picnicking on a rock-strewn hillside.

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