The Third Man in Carter's Car:
John "Bucks" Royster

Many people have inquired about the third person in the car when Carter and Artis were stopped by police at 2:40 a.m., just 10 minutes after the murders. Although the police officers did not identify the man at the time, prosecutors believe it was John "Bucks" Royster, a friend of Carter's. Royster testified at Carter's first trial on May 24, 1967 (I don't know whether he testified at the second trial). Here is a portion of the article that appeared in The Herald-News the next day:

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