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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 69« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of J. M. Poe)

Mr. Ball.
Do you remember what a Detective Dhority there at the scene did?
Mr. Poe.
I remember Detective Leavelle at the scene.
Mr. Ball.
Leavelle?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Did the Davis girls give you anything? Either one of the Davis girls hand you anything?
Mr. Poe.
She give me the same general description of the suspect as Mrs. Markham.
Mr. Ball.
What was that?
Mr. Poe.
White male, and in his early 20's, around 5'7" or 8", about 145 pounds, and I believe she said had on a white jacket.
Mr. Ball.
There is a--off the record.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Ball.
We have here a broadcast by Walker. Do you know Walker?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Was Walker there at the scene?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir; he came by the scene after I got there.
Mr. Ball.
What is his full name?
Mr. Poe.
I don't know. I want to say C. T. but I am not positive on that.
Mr. Ball.
At 1:22 p.m., on the transcript of the radio log, I note it says, "Have a description of suspect on Jefferson. Last seen about the 300 block of East Jefferson. White male, 30's; 5'8", black hair, slender built, wearing white shirt, black slacks."
Do you know whether you gave Walker that description?
Mr. Poe.
I remember giving Walker a description. My partner got in the car with Walker.
Mr. Ball.
Did you give Walker a description similar to that?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Well, the only difference I see between the description you said you gave the other officer and this was that you said he was in his 20's or 25, and this says about 30. Otherwise it is about the same.
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Who told you he had on a white jacket?
Mr. Poe.
Mrs. Markham told me first.
Mr. Ball.
She did?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir; Mrs. Markham was awfully excited, and she. was--looked like about to faint, and I tried to calm her down as much as I could at first and get as much as I could out of her.
Mr. Ball.
How many cartridges, or empty cartridges or shells were given to you?
Mr. Poe.
There were two in an empty Winston cigarette package.
Mr. Ball.
Did you save the Winston cigarette package?
Mr. Poe.
I turned it in with the two cartridges.
Mr. Ball.
To the crime lab?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Now, I have here a package which has been marked "Q"--FBI lab. Q-74 to Q-77. Would you look those over and see if there is any identification on there by you to indicate that those were the hulls given to you by Benavides?
Mr. Poe.
I want to say these two are mine, but I couldn't swear to it.
Mr. Ball.
Did you make a mark?
Mr. Poe.
I can't swear to it; no, sir.
Mr. Ball.
But there is a mark on two of these?
Mr. Poe.
There is a mark. I believe I put on them, but I couldn't swear to it. I couldn't make them out any more.
Mr. Ball.
Now, the ones you said you made a mark on are you think it is 'these two? Q-77 and Q-75?
Mr. Poe.
Yes, sir; those two there.
Mr. Ball.
Both marked Western Special? They both are marked Western Special. How long did you stay there?
Mr. Poe.
At the scene?
Mr. Ball.
Uh-huh.
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