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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VII - Page 545« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Eddy Raymond Walthers)

Mr. Walthers.
Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
Will you stand and take the oath, please? Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Walthers.
I do.
Mr. Liebeler.
Will you state your name, please?
Mr. Walthers.
Eddy Raymond Walthers.
Mr. Liebeler.
When and where were you born?
Mr. Walthers.
I was born here in Dallas County in 1928 on July 17.
Mr. Liebeler.
Where do you live?
Mr. Walthers.
I live at 2527 Boyd Street in Dallas.
Mr. Liebeler.
Are you presently a deputy sheriff in Dallas County, Tex.?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
How long have you been a deputy sheriff?
Mr. Walthers.
About 9 years.
Mr. Liebeler.
I understand that you were in or about the area of the Texas School Book Depository Building on November 22, 1963; is that correct?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
How did you come to be there at that time?
Mr. Walthers.
I was standing in front of the sheriff's office on Main Street and close to Houston with Mrs. Decker watching the parade.
Mr. Liebeler.
Now, there is a building right there at the corner of Elm Street and Houston Street, what has been referred to as the county building; is that right?
Mr. Walthers.
I was standing right here.
Mr. Liebeler.
You were standing over on Main Street just east of the infer-section of Main Street and Houston; is that correct?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes; just between the two buildings.
Mr. Liebeler.
Were you standing there when the motorcade came down?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
And you stood there and watched the motorcade go by?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
Were you acting in any official capacity at that time?
Mr. Walthers.
I was a deputy sheriff---I was on duty and had stopped there with Mrs. Decker to watch the parade go by.
Mr. Liebeler.
You didn't have any specific assignment in connection with the motorcade or the President or anything like that?
Mr. Walthers.
No, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
The motorcade .came down Main Street and made a wide turn into Houston Street and went back down Elm Street; isn't that right?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes.
Mr. Liebeler.
After the motorcade turned onto Houston Street, what did you do?
Mr. Walthers.
After it turned onto Houston and most of the motorcade went by, I turned to talk to Mrs. Decker and asked her if she was ready to go back inside and I proceeded to help her back up the steps and then we heard the shots.
Mr. Liebeler.
You actually were still standing over on Main Street around the corner from Houston Street when you heard the shots?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
You actually didn't see any of the shots take effect or anything like that?
Mr. WALTHERS, No.
Mr. Liebeler.
How many shots did you hear?
Mr. Walthers.
I remember three shots.
Mr. Liebeler.
Are you clear about that?
Mr. Walthers.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Liebeler.
What did you do after you heard the shots?
Mr. Walthers.
Well, I was facing her and I told her that sounded like a rifle and I ran across here [indicating] and there is a wall along in here and I hopped over it.
Mr. Liebeler.
You mean you ran across Houston Street and jumped over the wall and back into Dealey Plaza there?
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