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"A tired, haggard Gene Stipe returned to Oklahoma from Vietnam Monday, a bitter taste in his mouth from military justice despite the acquittal he won for a Calvin (OK) Marine. The McAlester state senator led a successful defense for Pvt. Randell D. Herrod, 20, accused of murdering 16 Vietnamese civilians "I was very pleasantly surprised at the verdict," Stipe said, settling behind a cup of black coffee. The drawling lawyer attributed the filing of charges against Herrod to "a great deal of schizophrenia that's developed in the armed forces since the My Lai incident.  I would hope the Herrod case will bring the military back into balance." Stipe had been aboard airplanes for more than 40 hours since leaving Da Nang.  He was accompanied by fellow defense attorney Harry Palmer Jr., and met by Herrod's grandfather, Alvin Self of Calvin." Staff photo by Dave Heaton taken 8/31/70; photo ran in the 9/1/70 Daily Oklahoman.  Photo also ran in the 1/30/75 Oklahoma City Times.