Witness missing; grand jury postpones probe

March 15-18, 1960 A grand jury investigation of complaints against the County Commissioners Court was postponed Friday when the principal witness, T.A. Parker, failed to show up. “It was a comedy of errors,” Parker said later in explaining why he wasn’t present. He was in San Angelo Friday accompanying his wife and two other teachers at a district teachers meeting. “I had read in the paper that the grand jury was to meet. But I never got an invitation or a notice. I figured the grand jury would take care of its other business and call me later. When I didn’t hear anything we went on to the teachers meeting.” Parker now is ranching, but at one time he taught vocational agriculture at Brady High. His wife teaches at Brady Junior High. “When we got home Friday night I learned I had had a visit by kinfolks’and the sheriff,” he laughed. When Parker failed to show up Friday at the courthouse, a subpoena was issued for him, but Sheriff Luke Vogel was unable to find him, not until Friday night. Parker says he now has “an official invitation” to appear when the grand jury reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. next Friday, March 18. In a series of letters to the County Commissioners Parker has criticized the County’s financial operations, and District Attorney Gordon Griffin, Jr., of Brownwood was puzzled why he wasn’t present to testify Friday. Griffin had a copy of a letter Parker had sent to the county auditor, W.F. Turner of Stephenville, asking the auditor to bring certain records with him to the jury meeting, and Griffin assumed that Parker would be here, too. But Parker said, “I had nothing from the district attorney, nothing saying that I would appear on any certain date.” The auditor, subpoenaed by the grand jury, was present Friday and testified. He is being asked to return again this Friday. The County Commissioners were present also Friday in the courthouse but were not called before the grand jury. Serving on the grand jury are Lloyd Bratton, T.P. Wood, and R.M. Priesmeyer of Brady, J.W. Kyzar of Melvin, Ben Hodges of Lohn, Don Neal and K.W. Huffman, Jr., of Rochelle, James Finlay, Jr. of Fife, Raymond Murray of Doole, Don Ray Jordan of Voca, D.B. Henderson of Mercury and Mrs. Luther Smith of Placid. * * * Ex-Brady boy dies in wreck A former Brady boy was killed and his cousin, a Brady High sophomore, was seriously injured in an automobile accident near Lometa just after midnight Saturday. Dead is Jerry Don (Donnie) Williams, 13, of Lometa. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lester Williams, former Brady residents who moved to Lometa about three years ago. Mr. Williams worked for the railroad in Brady and now is minister for an Assembly of God Church in Lometa. The injured cousin is Johnny Parker, 17, a Brady High sophomore and son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Parker of Brady. Mr. and Mrs. Parker, employees at Brady Mattress and Upholstery Company, and Johnny, were in Lometa for a weekend visit with the Williams family. Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Williams are sisters. After the accident, Johnny was taken to the Lampasas hospital and then was brought to Brady Hospital Sunday afternoon. His father said Johnny has a broken pelvis “but is doing all right.” Johnny was driving a car in which his cousin, Donnie, was a passenger. They were headed north toward Brownwood. Also involved in the accident were a car, headed north, and a truck going south. The truck driver, Royce Clayton Daniels of Lometa, and four youths in the second car, driven by Richard G. Leinneweber, 18, of Goldthwaite, were not hurt. Donnie Williams was born in Brady Aug. 31, 1946, and lived here until his parents moved to Lometa. The body was returned for funeral services at the Assembly of God Church at 2 p.m. Monday. Among those attending the service were a school bus load of his classmates from Lometa. The Rev. C.H. Clark of Belton and the Rev. W.P. Phillips of Weatherford officiated and Wilkerson Funeral Home directed the burial in Rest Haven Cemetery. Survivors are his parents; two brothers, Eugene and Michael Ray Williams; and a sister, Joan Williams. * * * County picks man to watch progress of River Authority Dick Winters has been appointed by the Commissioners Court to represent the county on a three-man committee to follow developments and progress of a proposed Middle Colorado River Authority. Winters will join Hardin Jones, named by the Chamber of Commerce and James Feazelle, the City of Brady’s representative. The three men will meet with a committee working on the river authority to keep their local groups informed. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Visit in Brady Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler and children, Judy, Lynda and James, of Cuero were weekend guests of Mrs. Koehler’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Evers. FACT’TIP It takes 120 drops of water to fill a teaspoon.

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