November 9-15, 1953
An all-male jury took only 32 minutes to acquit Mrs. Frances Carter Proctor, 32, of murder in the shooting death of her husband, Lawence Proctor, 52, Reidsville cab company owner and tobacco speculator.
The two-day trial was highlighted by the testimony of Mrs. Proctor, who admitted shooting her husband Sept. 2 but contended it was an act of self -defense against a man who, in their 12 years of marriage, had assaulted her, threatened her life and driven her from their home on numerous occasions.
She said her husband was good to her when he was sober, and other witnesses corroborated her account of a stormy marriage in which the heavy-drinking Proctor beat her and forced her to take refuge in the home of neighbors.
Reporters covering the trial described Mrs. Proctor, a nurse, as "an attractive, trim-figured woman with brownish red hair (who) looked chic in black."
Voters in Hampton Heights, Stoneville Road, Patterson Development and Matrimony Heights voted 327 in favor of annexation by Leaksville and 110 against. ... Dr. George Anderson Bishopric, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Bishopric of Spray, has accepted a position as instructor in internal medicine at Duke University Medical School. ... Pete Barham did it all for Tri-City High as he quarterbacked his team to a 25-0 rout of Mineral Springs. He blocked a kick for one score, ran for a touchdown and pitched out for the other two.