Macon Telegraph, 6/23/1902
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Wells claims to have attacks of insanity. He claimed that when he was a small boy he received a frightful blow on the head, which affected his mind. In fact, there is in the man's head an awful indentation, which he claims is a result of the blow.
Only about 3 weekx before the murdered Pierce, Wells attacked a court bailiff with an axe, claiming that the bailiff had used insulting language to his wife. The bailiff went to the wood yard to place a levy on some goods belonging to his wife. He was arrested for this, but the case was settled. 3 weeks later he stabbed Pierce to death. Both men left 6 children.
Wells, in his cell at the Tower, though he knows doom is near, is a very contented man. He was recently converted in the jail, and was baptized in a bathtub in lieu of a baptismal fount. He knows that his life cannot be saved, and is prepared for his fate.
Augusta Georgia, 3/27/1902
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[Pierce was accosted by Wells, who wanted to know why he stopped buying wood and coal from him]
Pierce told him he wasn't doing the buying, his wife was, and Wells replied, "You're a d-----d liar."
Macon Telegraph, 2/4/1902
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Frederick Pierce and his son, Charley, were walking past Wells' wood and coal yard located at 22 Pratt St. Pierce was stabbed in the lungs. "The deceased was a painter until a few years ago, when he was stricken with paralysis of the optic nerve and since then has been so blind that his son had to lead him about."
Augusta Chronicle, 7/20/1902
The argument for clemency said that Wells didn't have malice and that it was a crime of passion, not murder. Wells said that he wanted the execution to take place so as not to prolong the agony.
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