Carter alibi witnesses admit lying at the first trial
Reported in the New York Times

Excerpts from the Nov 28, 1976 New York Times - Jersey edition:

    “Three former friends of Rubin (Hurricane) Carter testified today that prior to his first trial in 1967, they had been asked to testify falsely to having been with him at the time of the three murders he is accused of having committed.”
    “Two of the today’s prosecution witnesses testified for the defense nine years ago.  They said today that Raymond Brown, who defended Mr. Carter in 1967, had told them how to testify to create a phony alibi for Mr. Carter, a boxer.”
    “The third witness, William Hardney, Mr. Carter’s former sparring partner, said that it was Mr. Carter who told him how to testify. Ultimately, however, Mr. Hardney did not testify at the first trial for Mr. Carter and the co-defendant, John Artis.”
   “They agreed that if he were ever asked to substantiate Mr. Carter's alibi, Mr. Hardney was to say that they were together at the Nite Spot, a local tavern that Mr. Carter often frequented. He was also to have said, he testified, that Mr. Carter left the bar for a little while to drive two women home and then returned.”
   “In reality, Mr. Hardney went on, he was in Newark on the night of June 16, when the murders occurred, and did not see Mr. Carter at all.”
   “The second witness who testified was Welton Deary, another former friend of Mr. Carter’s who said that prior to the first trial he spoke with Mr. Brown, who told him what to say when he testified at the first trial. He said that his statements then had been false, but that he had seen Mr. Carter on June 17, at midnight, at another bar called Ritchie’s Hideaway.”
   “He said that on May, 20, 1967, he met with Mr. Brown, then Mr. Carter’s lawyer, at the Thunderbird Motel in downtown Paterson.”
   “‘He asked me would I change and say I was at the Nite Spot instead of Ritchie’s Hideaway.  He briefed me on certain times.’”
   “The third witness, Anna (Mapes) Brown, testified in the first trial that Mr. Carter had left the Nite Spot at around 2:15 A.M. on June 17, 1966, to drive her and her daughter home. That would have been about 15 minutes before the shootings are believed to have occurred.”
   “She said today, in direct examination, that she ‘knew it was not true’ but ‘wanted to help him.’
Excerpts from the Nov 30, 1976 New York Times - Jersey edition:

   “A former friend of Rubin (Hurricane) Carter testified today at Mr. Carter’s retrial on murder charges that she had lied for him on the witness stand nine years ago.  She had testified then that the former boxer was with her when three persons were killed in a Paterson tavern.”
   “The friend, Catherine McGuire, who told the court she had dated Mr. Carter for a while before the murders, testified in 1967 at his first trial that he was driving her and her mother home at the time of the Lafayette Bar and Grill slayings.”
   “Mrs. McGuire also testified today that last July ‘Rubin came to talk to me and said he wanted me to help him.’”
   “‘I said I would, but I wouldn’t tell a lie, she said.  ‘I said there were a lot of lies going at the other trial, and I wouldn’t do it again.’”
   “Judge Bruno L. Leopizzi ruled in Superior Court that letters written just before the 1967 trial by Mr. Carter to Mrs. McGuire and three other persons were not admissible as evidence.  However, he said they could be used to refresh memories about what the witnesses said at the trial nine years ago.”
   “The prosecution has maintained that the letters reflected an effort on Mr. Carter’s part to tell his friends how to testify.”

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