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The top story of last yes
: By ALLEN H. JOHNSON
: Chroniele Executive Editor .
AN UNEMPLOYED high school dropout who spent most of
the year in jail had the biggest local impact of any single man during
Darryl Eugene Hunt, 20, was convicted in June of raping and
murdering Sentinel copy editor Deborah B. Sykes. However, long
before the controversial trial and long after it, the Hunt case has
. cast a lingering snaaow.
Swelling numbers of Hunt supporters believe he was convicted
on flimsy evidence. A white eyewitness who says Hunt was not the
: man he saw near the scene of the crime never was called ^testify.
Other eyewitness accounts conflict. The state's star witness,
Johnny Gray (alias McConnell), was in jail himself on robbery
charges when he testified. Both the prosecution and the defense
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Winston-Salam, N.C. Thursday, January 30,1986
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have questioned his honesty and credibility. No physical evidence
links Hunt to the murder.
The repercussions continue even into 1986. An investigation
called for last fall by Alderman Vivian H. Burke and conducted
by the city manager revealed procedural violations by the police
The case has been reopened, police personnel have been shuffled,
and an internal investigation of the police's conduct continues.
Rumors say 4*60 Minutes'* may conduct an investigation
of its own. "
While Hunt awaits a request for an appeal, it seems certain that
his case will be a major news story in 1986, too.
Other developments in 1985 that significantly affected the black
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Dr. Cleon F. Thompson brought his relaxed demeanor and
sometimes startling sense of humor to Winston-Salem State !
University. So far the successor to Dr. H. Douglas Covington has \
been well received by faculty and staff at WSSU, many of whom j
considered Covington stuffy and unapproachable.
The new Winston Lake YMCA opened, with Norman Joyner
as director. Former Director Richard Glover, who had been asked * '
to resign, filed a lawsuit against his fellow employees, later settling
out of court for an undisclosed amount. ' V
W AAA-AM, one of two black-owned radio stations in the
Twin City, faced financial woes and appealed to the community
for help. |
Please see page A2 ' 1