Sentinel Star October 20 1976
Sireci Said He By KATHY HARTMAN Stfitlntl Star Staff A former companion of Henry Perry Sireci Jr., charged with the murder of car dealer Howard H. Poteet, testified amid tight security security Tuesday that Sireci told her he killed a man at a South Orange Blossom Trail car dealership in December. Barbara Perkins, 29, said that on Dec. 3, 1975, she drove Sireci known to her as Butch Blackstone to the abandoned Rocking Chair Motel, 1601 S. Orange Blossom Trail, because he wanted to steal a car from a car lot one block away. LATER THAT night, Mrs. Perkins Perkins said, Sireci told her he had Killed, Companion Testifies asked the car dealer was, "and where the the man money 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. Orange County Circuit Court 3udge Maurice M. Paul has ordered extra security precautions precautions . because police fear an escape attempt, according to Orange County Sheriff's . Chief Deputy Leigh O. McEachern. SPECTATORS wee 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. In the second day of the trial, Dr. William Ruiz, assistant Orange County medical examiner, examiner, testified Poteet died from 55 stab wounds in the chest, abdomen, abdomen, back, head, arms and legs. MRS. PERKINS, who said she met Sireci early last November, said she was his companion until about a week after the Poteet murder. She said when Sireci couldn't find any money in the car dealer's office, he took a wallet from the man's body. He later threw away the wallet but kept some credit cards, she said.