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Drifter Sentenced To Life For Slaying Of Indiana Teen

April 21, 1995

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) _ A drifter once suspected in more than a dozen killings got a life sentence today in the death of a teen-ager whose body was found buried near his mountain cabin.

Frank Potts, 51, already serving a life sentence in Florida for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, was sentenced to a second consecutive life term for the slaying of Robert Earl Jines, 19.

Potts was convicted last week in the murder of Jines, who was last seen on a trip to Potts’ remote mountain plot in April 1989. His body was found in a shallow grave on the mountaintop last year.

Before sentencing, Potts read a statement declaring his innocence. He also said he would appeal.

Jines’ father, Howard Jines, said after the trial he did not believe Potts committed the murder.

Potts once was suspected in more than a dozen killings in several states. The discovery of Jines’ body prompted authorities to search for other remains on Potts’ property, but none were found.

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