On the front page of the Monday, March 24, 1930 of the Pueblo Chieftain there was the following large headline:
MANTER BANDITS TO BE ARRAIGNED TODAY
Sub-headlines read: THREE SLAYERS EXPECTED TO ENTER PLEA OF GUILTY TO EADS DEPUTY’S MURDER
Men Who Killed Officer and Wounded three More in Pitched Gun Battles Will Be Returned to Denver Jail After Trial
Denver, March 23 –(AP)—The three Manter, Kan., bank bandits will be arraigned in district court at Eads, Colo., tomorrow on charges of murdering Deputy Sheriff Carl Hickman during their flight across Eastern Colorado last week.
The bandits, John Walker, Andrew Halliday and Claude Ray, told authorities they will plead guilty to a first degree murder charges. Each has confessed participating in the gun battle with Hickman.
After arraignment the trio will be returned to the county jail here for safe keeping until their trial.
Besides killing Hickman, the three men were charged with wounding three other peace officers who attempted to halt their automobile in southern Colorado after the robbery.
Jetmore, Kas., March 22.—(AP)—The $1,500 reward to be bestowed by the Kansas Bankers association to the captors of the three Manter, Kansas bank bandits is fast becoming a bone of contention.
Leon Raser, leader of the posse which captured the trio in a shack near here last Saturday a week ago is preparing evidence to back up the claim of the posse to the reward.
Colorado and other Kansas’s have filled claims to the reward. Raser and his four companions forced the bandits to surrender before Sheriff Alderman of Lamar, Colo., and other officers reached the scene.
Just below this article there is an article about an earthquake shaking Albuquerque, New Mexico and another smaller article about an earth tremor was felt in Mussolini land.
To be continued: Bob James.
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