Carl Isaacs papers

Carl Isaacs papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Isaacs, Carl, 1953-
Title: Carl Isaacs papers
Dates: 1973-2002
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes and oversize folder)
Coll. Number: ms3187

Biographical/Historical Note

Carl Isaacs, Jr., his half brother Wayne Carl Coleman and George Elder Dungee were convicted and sentenced to die in 1974 by a Seminole County jury for the murders of farm patriarch Ned Alday, Ned's brother Aubrey, his sons Jerry, Chester and Jimmy Alday, and Jerry's wife, Mary. They were killed on May 14, 1973, in a bungled burglary. The suspects, who were escapees from a Maryland prison camp, were arrested in West Virginia less than a week later. He was executed by lethal injection on May 6, 2003.

Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. has been a law professor at the University of Georgia School of Law since 1971. Professor Wilkes is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of criminal procedure, capital punishment, and postconviction remedies. Professor Wilkes is one of the leading authorities in the world on the writ of habeas corpus, and in London, England has engaged in extensive research on the history of the writ at such research facilities as the British Library, the Public Record Office (now the National Archives), the University of London, the House of Lords Record Office (now the Parliamentary Archives), the Institute of Historical Research, and the Royal Historical Society. Recently, the Supreme Court of Georgia cited Professor Wilkes' article, The Writ of Habeas Corpus in Georgia, 12 Ga. B.J. 20 (Feb. 2007), in its opinion in Nguyen v. State, 282 Ga. 483 (2007). (Retrieved October 10, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, court documents, and clippings related to Dr. Wilkes' appellate work for Carl Isaacs and George Dungee in the Alday family murder case. The correspondence is primarily between Carl Isaacs, Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., and Christopher Hamilton. Court documents include petitions, habeas corpus applications, subpoenas, and motions. Press materials document the proceedings from the pretrial period until after conviction. A poster about the Alday family murders from a special series in the Atlanta Journal and two t-shirts with pro-electric chair messages are also included.

Index Terms

Alday family
Appellate procedure--Georgia--Cases.
Capital punishment--Georgia.
Coleman, Wayne
Court records--Georgia
Death row inmates--Georgia--Correspondence.
Dungee, George Elder
Isaacs, Carl, 1953- -- Correspondence
Lethal injection (Execution)--Georgia.
Seminole County (Ga.)--History.
Wilkes, Donald E. -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carl Isaacs papers, ms 3187. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Wayne Felker-Jan Burden papers, ms 3186; MS 3193 Tracy Lee Housel papers, ms 3193; Terry Mincey papers, ms 3106; Byron Ashley Parker papers, ms 3189; Carole Butcher papers, ms 3266.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Defense correspondence, 1977-1985
2Defense correspondence, 1986-1987
3Defense correspondence and clippings, 1988-2002
4Correspondence with courts, 1979-1982
5Alday Murder Case: classroom discussion materials
6Court documents regarding appeal, circa 1979-1980
7Court documents regarding appeal, circa 1979-1980
8Subpoenas, circa 1979-1980
9Payment of discovery costs, 1980
10 Habeas corpus applications, 1979
11Order on motion for inspection of the minutes of the grand jury
12Motion for a bill of particulars and a copy of the indictment prior to trial
13Carl Isaacs vs. State petition for writ of certiorari in forma pauperis
14Motion for hearing, memorandum of law, and motion for a new presentence hearing, 1977 January 7
15Motion to compel disclosure of all evidence favorable to the defendent, 1973
16State vs. Carl Isaacs (Crim.) other pleadings, 1973-1975
17George Dungee, 1976-1977
18Pretrial press, 1973
19Press, 1973-1980
20Post-conviction press, 1980
21Jack House and Tim McCorquodale case, 1979-1981
22Wayne Coleman petition for habeas corpus
23Incomplete sections from other cases
24Notes and research
2T-shirts with images of electric chair, "Busbee -- Fry Issacs" and " In Waiting", circa 1975
OS Folder
1APoster, "Alday Family Murders, Special Series"