Some Excuse

A hitman offers alibis

Unlike many accused felons, Charles Harrelson did not try to depict himself as an upstanding citizen, even while proclaiming his innocence. On trial in San Antonio since late September for the 1979 assassination of Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr., Harrelson, now serving a 40-year sentence on drug and gun charges, testified last week that he could not possibly be guilty. Reason: on the morning the judge was shot dead in front of his San Antonio town home, said Harrelson, he had been in Dallas, running some extraordinary errands:...

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