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Jefferson City, Mo., April 1.
The State Supreme court-has affirmed the convictions of murder in the first degree of William P. and George E. Taylor, the notorious murders of the Meeks family, and. Sentenced the brothers to be hanged April 30.
Among the thirty-one assignments in the motion for a new trial, the court says, the seventeenth states that the evidence is not sufficient to support the verdict, but this argument seems to have been abandoned of late.
Certainly more cogent evidence of guilt is rarely presented in a criminal cause than the record herein furnished.
In closing the opinion says: "At one time one of the jury sent for twenty-five cents worth of beer, and It was consumed by five or six of the jurors. In the absence of proof that jurors were intoxicated by it nothing occurred which would constitute a reversible error. The game of cards played by the jury was not considered, a serious affair having fully considered all the objection and discovering; no substantial error in this record, we affirm the judgment and direct, the sentence to be pronounced. The day of execution is set for April 30.
The opinion was written by Judge Sherwood.
Source: Vol. II No.15. Gentry, Arkansas, April 3, 1896
- submitted by Janice -2009

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