For the Top headline on Thursday, April 10, 1930 of The Pueblo Chieftain:
DEATH PENALTY DEMANDED FOR SLAYER TRIO
ILLNESS OF JUROR MAY HALT TRIAL
Kin Of Slain Deputy Is First On Stand In State’s Case
EADS, Colo., April 9.—(AP)—In the absence of a thirteenth juror, the sudden illness of F. A. Harriman, a member of the jury that will decide the punishment of the Manter bank bandits, may cause postponement of the trial, it was indicated here tonight.
Harriman, a rancher, living near Arlington, suffered an intestinal attack shortly after the jury was locked up for the night, and Dr. Lee Roy Mitchell was called to attend him. The physician said the juror’s condition was serious and expressed doubt as to whether he would be able to appear in court tomorrow.
EADS, Colo., April 9.—The death penalty for the trio of Manter bank bandits was demanded here late today by District Attorney J. Arthur Phelps.
The demand was made at the conclusion of his outline of the case against John Walker, Andrew Halliday and Claude Ray, charged with first degree murder for slaying of Coral Hickman, a deputy sheriff. Speaking in a resonant voice but refraining from any show of emotion, Phelps told of the robbery of the state bank at Manter, Kan., on March14 and of the killing of Hickman as the bandits fled into Colorado.
He finished his opening statement with the request that the jury send the three men to the gallows for the killing.
Ed Hickman, 63, a former cowpuncher and brother of slain officer, was the first witness for the state. He told of finding his brother lying face downward in the road two miles east of Eads after the fatal encounter with the three men.
The deputy sheriff was still alive. The brother said. He testified that the victim faced the gun when first shot, and that his brother had also been shot after he fell downward.
Hickman laid the basis for the late appearance of W. H. Mosher, an eye witness to the murder, by testifying of Mosher’s presence at the scene.
D. Lee Roy Mitchell, Eads physician, followed the brother on the witness stand to describe the autopsy and the wounds found in the deputy sheriff’s body.
Thomas I. Hoffmire, defense attorney, contested every inch of ground as the state presented its evidence. He interposed every possible technical objection to both form and substance of the questions and answers.
He indicated he would make a dogged fight on behalf of the defendants, whose case he was as-
(Continued on Page 2—Col. 3) NOTE: I could not find page 2 of this paper. Bob James.
Here is some other articles of interest to me on this April 10, 1930 newspaper: Here are those headings: FLEAGLE GUILTY OF TAX EVASION; POLICE OF KANSAS CITY PAYLESS IN COUNCIL STRIFE; COAST”S ‘PERFECT CRIME’ SOLVED THRU CONFESSION; SCHREIBER’S SLAYERS ARE SOUGHT IN CANON; EARTH TREMORS ARE FELT IN CALIFORNIA; CLASH FORESEEN AS REDUCED DETECTIVE RETURNS TO FORCE; 5-YEAR- OLD CLIMBS TO LOFTY PEAK TOP.
To be continued: Bob James.
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