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Washington Court House, Ohio, March 2.The case of Clarence Haines, charged with the murder of his pretty young wife last August, was called for trial here today.  Prior to the crime the couple had not been living together for some time, Mrs. Haines and their little daughter having resided at Columbus.  The day before the tragedy they moved back to this city.  Haines called at the house to take their little daughter to see a circus parade.  Becoming involved in a dispute with his wife, Haines drew a revolver and fired the fatal shot.  He then made an unsuccessful attempt at suicide.  It is understood that temporary insanity will be the grounds of defense.  [Bryan Morning Eagle. (Bryan, Tex.), March 03, 1908]

Washington. C.H.O. - March 20. — Immediately following the testimony of Dr. H. C. Rutter, of Columbus, the trial of Clarence Haines came to a close, Thursday afternoon. Judge Dresbach instructed the jury to bring in a verdict of "not guilty" on the grounds of Insanity, after informing the jurors that they could order Haines committed to an asylum. The jury was out ten minutes, returning a verdict in accordance with the instructions of the court. Haines shot and killed his wife on August 21 last, and then shot himself. Haines will be taken to Columbus today. [The Marion Daily Mirror.  (Marion, Ohio), March 20, 1908, Page 5]

Wm. G. W. Smith, the murderer of John Gray, was hung at Washington, Fayette county, on Friday last --- the Governor having refused to commute his setence. He protested his innocence of the crime, in his last words on the scaffold, confessed that he had lived a wicked life, but declared that he died in hope of pardon for his sins. He was about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and children. He made a confession to his legal advisers, which will probably be published. [Source: The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh.) December 20, 1866 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]


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