"Working" witness was on vacation
Note: The murders occurred at 2:30 a.m. June 17,
According to a prosecution brief from 1974, "Carter's
defense counsel called as a witness Catherine McGuire [the woman
to whom this letter is addressed], who had testified that at
2:15 on the morning of June 16, 1966, after she had asked him
to do so, Carter drove her and her mother to their home, about
three blocks from the Nite Spot, and that she sat in the car
with him until about 2:25 or 2:30. She was reasonably certain
of the times because her mother had to go to work the next day,
and she and her mother were both looking at the watch. She had
looked at the watch some four or five times that night, and left
with Carter at 2:15 a.m. because her mother had to go to work
the next morning.
Anna Mapes [McGuire's mother] likewise testified that she,
her daughter, and Carter left the bar at 2:15 a.m. and that Carter
left at about 2:25 after dropping them off. The witness testified
that she was in a hurry to get home because she had to get to
work the next morning.
By way of rebuttal to this testimony, the State produced testimony
that Anna Mapes in fact was on vacation from her employment during
that time and did not have to report to work.