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Ninth Man Charged in York Killing

May 21, 2001

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YORK, Pa. (AP) _ A ninth white man was charged Monday with killing a black woman during a 1969 race riot _ a slaying for which the mayor has also been arrested.

Thomas P. Smith, 50, was accused in the ambush shooting of Lillie Belle Allen, 27, of Aiken, S.C.

Mayor Charlie Robertson _ who was a police officer when Allen was shot to death 32 years ago _ was charged last week. Prosecutors said he yelled ``White power!″ at a rally and handed out ammunition used to shoot at a car in which Allen was riding.

Robertson, free on $50,000 bail, has denied involvement in the killing.

In Smith’s case, prosecutors said witnesses claim to have seen him with a gun at the scene of the crime. Smith said that he ``got the car″ and that he had shot out its back window, according to the witnesses.

The race riots began after a white gang member wounded a black man. A 22-year-old white police officer was fatally shot in a black neighborhood three days before Allen was slain. His killers were never caught.

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