From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 22, 1979

Giles, Jones at Holman

Arthur Lee Giles and Aaron Jones, sentenced here to die last week in the electric chair November 19, were transported to Holman Prison Saturday by a Calvert-Marsh Coal Company helicopter.

Giles, sentenced by Circuit Judge H.E. Holladay, and Jones, sentenced by Circuit Judge Carl D. NeSmith, were convicted in July by Blount County juries for the November murders of Carl and Willene Nelson of Rosa.

Conviction under the state capital punishment statute receives an automatic appeal. The two will await the appeal decision, and any other that may follow, at Atmore.

Sheriff J.C. Carr had arranged for the immediate transfer of the two prior to their sentencing last Friday.

City police on duty, for now

No one will say for the record how long Oneonta policemen will stay on the job without a substantial cost-of-living pay raise.

According to Democrat sources, if the city’s officers leave the job again, others in the local Fraternal Order of Police may go with them.

Twelve Oneonta policemen, all but three members of the department, notified city officials last Wednesday evening that they would man no more shifts until the city council increased the “token” raise approved by the council the evening before.

Following an emergency meeting of the council Thursday morning, at which no minutes were kept, the city announced that the officers had quit their jobs and that applications for the vacant positions were being taken. According to Democrat sources, few applicants would cross the picket line manned by the officers in the days to follow.

Later in the week, communication was opened between an attorney hired by the striking officers and city attorney Hugh A. Nash. No one will say exactly what sort of agreement was reached, but the striking officers returned to the job Saturday.