Orlando Sentinel October 20, 76
Witness Says Sircei Wauled Kin Killed A former cell mate testified today that Henry Perry Sireci Jr., on trial for the murder of car dealer Howard H. Poteet, asked him last May to kill a state witness. Donald Holtzinger said he waa instructed "to obtain Mr. Wilson's 45 caliber pistol to shoot him with." DAVID WILSON, of Rockford, 111. Sireci's brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law brother-in-law turned over Sireci's knives to investigators investigators Holtzinger said. ' Holtzinger said Sireci offered him $1,500 to kill the witness because "if Wilson was out of the way, he'd be able to discredit Barbara's testimony." Barbara Perkins, former companion of Sireci, testified Tuesday that Sireci told her that he killed a man in a South Orange Blossom Trail par dealership in December. MRS. PERKINS said that on Dec, 3, 1975, she drove Sireci to the abandoned Rocking Chair Motel, 1601 S.' Orange Blossom Trail, because he wanted to steal a car from a car dealership one blocll away. Later that night, Mrs. Perkins said, Sireci told her he had asked the car dealer where the money was "and the man wouldn't tell him, so he stabbed him." Poteet's body was found last Dec. 4 at his car lot at 1301 S. Orange Blossom Trail. AFTER Holtzinger's testimony, defense attorney Edward Kirk-land Kirk-land Kirk-land moved for a mistrial because because he said the testimony would prejudice the jury. Orange County Circuit Judge Maurice M. Paul denied the motion. Paul has ordered extra security precautions because police fear an escape attempt, according to Orange County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Leigh O. McEachern. SPECTATORS were scanned with an electronic metal detector and womens' purses searched. In addition, McEachern said there are "several armed personnel in the area of the courtroom." McEachern didn't pinpoint what prompted the extra security precautions.