Appeal Motion Ordered Hastened In Watson Case
Tuesday, March 24th, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 24 – A district judge ordered Monday that a motion of appeal be hastened in the extradition of Charles Watson to California in connection with the slayings of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and six others.
Judge David Brown upheld a state motion to rush the appeal of Brown’s earlier ruling, which would send Watson to California in time to stand trial.
Watson is charged with murder, accused of being the knife man who stabbed Miss Tate to death last August. She was eight months pregnant
Dist. Atty. Tom Ryan said Watson’s lawyer, Bill Boyd, is trying to “delay or postpone the pending trial” by delaying the appeal.
Boyd had 90 days to file the appeal with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Boyd was not in court for the show cause hearing.
After the hearing, Boyd refused to elaborate on why he thought Ryan was delaying the appeal of Judge Brown’s previous ruling.
Exercise of the 90-day option in which to file the appeal would bring Watson’s extradition past the scheduled trial date of Charles Manson and three women who are also charged in the “cult” slayings.
Such a delay would allow Watson to be tried separately.