On Tuesday, March 25, 1930 of The Pueblo Chieftain in the upper left hand corner of the front page: BANDITS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO MURDER COUNT
Hoffmire Appointed Attorney For Three Men Who Are Alleged to Have Confessed Murder; Trial Set for April 8
DENVER, March 24, --(AP)—The Manter ,Kan., bank bandits were on their way back to Denver tonight under heavy guard following a whirlwind trip to Eads, where they entered pleas of not guilty to a first degree murder charge in the slaying of Deputy Sheriff C. A. Hickman of Kiowa county.
Trial was set for April 8. Hearing of a motion that copies of the alleged confession they are said to have made state police officers be supplied, defense counsel will be heard Saturday at Pueblo by District Judge James A. Park.
Judge Park appointed Thomas R. Hoffmire, Pueblo lawyer; attorney after the trio entered the court room without counsel. The robbers, John Walker, Claude Ray and Andrew Halliday, went into a conference immediately with Hoffmire and the not guilty plea was then entered. It came as a surprise and the three men told police they would plead guilty.
J. Arthur Phelps of Pueblo, district attorney, opposed the request of Hoffmire that the latter be supplied with copies of the reported confession. Arguments on the motion will be heard Saturday.
Roy Best. Acting head of the state law enforcement department and Sam Lee, state policeman, accompanied by Sheriff Walter P. Mayne of Kiowa county kept guard over the prisoners on the trip.
Hickman was killed when he attempted to halt the robbers while fleeing from the Manter State bank where they are said to have confessed $4,000 in a hold-up.
NOTE: This is the second time that Roy Best name appears in the articles about this murder.
To be continued: Bob James.
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