CORONER'S INQUISITION, 1931-1936
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of February A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty five before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of JESSE CROUCH of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths of C. W. Fant, J. W. Taylor, B. P. Ringer, B. M. Scurry, Frank Koon, H. D. Whitaker being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JESSE CROUCH came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said JESSE CROUCH came to his death from a pistol shot wound in the hands of A. H. (Gus) Blease on February 13, 1935. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JESSE CROUCH. came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   Frank D. Koon (L.S.)                             /s/   B. M. Scurry (L.S.)                      /s/   C. W. Fant, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   John W. Taylor (L.S.)                           /s/   B. P. Ringer (L.S.)                         /s/   H. D. Whitaker (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of JESSE CROUCH of Newberry SC on February 13, 1935

Examination by HOMER S. BLACKWELL, Solicitor

DR. E. H. MOORE being duly sworn says:

MR. BLACKWELL:

Q.    Doctor, you are a practicing physician in the City of Newberry?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You knew the deceased Mr. Crouch?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When did you see him?

A.    I saw him this afternoon.

Q.    Where.

A.    In the Newberry County Hospital.

Q.    Newberry County Hospital?

A.    Yes.

Q.    What was his physical condition when you saw him?

A.    He had been shot.

Q.    What caused his death?

A.    Collapse.

Q.    Caused by what?

A.    Gun shot wound.

Q.    Describe the wound.

A.    It was a gun shot wound which entered into the right side of the abdomen about midway between the ribs and the pelvic bone. (Dr. Moore demonstrates on Mr. Hub Quattlebaum where the wound was inflicted)

Q.    From what direction was he shot?

A.    Directly from right to left. Apparently he was at such an angle that it went straight across.

Q.    Not from front to back or back to front?

A.    No sir, side to side.

Q.    How long did he live from the first time you saw him?

A.    I would say that he lived from about 11:30 until about 3:30 o’clock.

Q.    Died in the Newberry County Hospital?

A.    Yes.

Q.    As the result of a gun shot wound?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did he realize that he was going to die?

A.    He said that he did.

Q.    While in that condition did he make any statement to you?

A.    In part.

Q.    Tell what he said.

A.    I asked him if he realized he was going to die. He said he did. In fact he asked that I cut his throat so that he might get through with it quickly. He said he was going to die. I asked him if he would make a statement as to how it happened and why. He was very reluctant in talking. I was only able to obtain what I did by persistent efforts. He seemed to be struggling with death and was more or less indifferent as to why and what happened. But by persistent effort I was able to get some remarks from him. Sheriff Blease was present when I went in the room. He and Mr. Fellers, the Constable – Mr. Tom Fellers. They were questioning him some and Mr. Blease explained to me that Mr. Blease, who did the shooting, was related to him and in view of that fact he asked me to attempt to get a dying statement from Mr. Crouch. After persistent efforts I got this from him:

“I did not hit him with a brick. I hit him with my hand. The reason I hit him I asked him why he went out with my wife yesterday afternoon. He said, “I did not go with her.” He said that he said, “You did go with her.” “He said that I was a god-damn liar and with that remark I hit him.” “Then he shot me.” Says “He did not have a brick in his hand.” “I called him out of the pool room to talk to him. I asked him not to shoot me.”

As you will see these remarks are very disconnected and I was only able to get them from persistent effort, to get him to talk. He seemed to be very reluctant as to what happened.

Q.    Did he realize what he was saying?

A.    At the time I feel reasonably sure that he did. He seemed to be fully conscious of his condition and that he was going to die. And I think I would say that the statements that I obtained would be worth considering.

Q.    How long did he live after you had obtained these statements?

A.    I obtained these statements about 11:30. Between 11:30 and 12:00 o’clock and he died around 3:30 o’clock. I was not present when he passed out.

Q.    Anything else that you know doctor?

A.    So far as his statements are concerned I am through.

MR.BLACKWELL: Thank you doctor.

MR.C. G. BLEASE Sheriff, being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. BLACKWELL:

Q.    You are sheriff of this county?

A.    Yes.

Q.    When did you first hear of this shooting?

A.    12:00 or 12:15

Q.    Where did it occur?

A.    It occurred in the rear of Bodie’s Pool room between the cemetery and Oakland Mill. I went out there with Mr. Fellers and when I got to the pool room the ambulance was there. They were bringing this wounded man out. I found out that there were no eye witnesses to the shooting. By that time someone said that Gus Blease had done it. I then went up to Darby’s store and he was in the front door. I got him in the car and Mr. Darby turned the pistol over to me that he had when the shooting was done. I did not get much information from Blease except that he claimed that Crouch had hit him with a brick. I brought Blease on and put him in jail and then I went and told Mr. Boyd that it looked like Crouch was going to die and I wanted him to go out and take his statement on account of the fact that Blease was slightly related to me. When I got out there I did not know whether the man was going to live but a few minutes. I asked him if he had hit Blease with a brick and he said that he did not. I first asked him if he thought he was going to die. They told him of his condition – one of the nurses told him of his condition and I asked him again if he believed he was going to die. He said that he did not hit him with a brick. Then Dr. Moore came in. He was very reluctant in talking. I told Dr. Moore on account of me being related to this boy I would retire from the room and let him take the statement. But he did tell me that he had not hit him with a brick.

Q.    Anything else you know?

A.    No sir.

MR. J. W. ADAMS being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. BLACKWELL:

Q.    Mr. Adams, You know the deceased Mr. Crouch and Mr. Blease?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know anything about Mr. Crouch getting shot?

A.    I was there when it happened.

Q.    Tell the Jury what you know about it.

A.    We were in the pool room standing there talking. Mr. Crouch came in the front door. Mr. Blease was standing there with us. Crouch told him that he wanted to see him for a few minutes. They walked out the back door and the next thing we heard was a shot.

Q.    How long was it after they left until you heard the shot?

A.    I don’t believe it was over 3 or 4 minutes.

Q.    Anything that indicated that there were any difficulties between them?

A.    They did not act like they were mad.

Q.    Do you know anything about the pistol?

A.    It is mine.

Q.    Who did you let have it?

A.    Mr. Blease came to me about 10:00 o’clock and said, “J. W., I am going away for a couple of days and I don’t like to go without something and that he wanted to borrow my pistol.” I told him that I did not like to do that. He said, “I will take good care of it.” I then told him, “I will let you have it.”

Q.    When did you get it for him?

A.    This morning about 10:00 or10:15.

Q.    The shooting happened around 11:30?

A.    Right around that.

Q.    Where was he when he got the pistol from you?

A.    I went home and got it for him.

Q.    You went home and got it for him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did he leave the pool room from the time you gave him the pistol until the shooting happened?

A.    He left the pool room and then came back.

Q.    Do you know anything else?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you know anything about any impending trouble between them?

A.    No sir, I did not. Had I, I would not have let him have it.

Q.    Mr. Crouch is a little kin to him?

A.    I don’t know. His father is over there. He can tell you.

MR. D. D. DARBY being duly sworn says:

MR. BLACKWELL:

Q.    Mr. Darby, you reside at Oakland mill?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You present when the shooting occurred?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You run a place of business?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did it occur at your place of business?

A.    No sir. Between my place and the cemetery. It is about 75 yards from my place to where it happened.

Q.    Tell what you know about it.

A.    Someone came in and said, “Phone for the ambulance,” that someone had been shot. My boy tried to get the McSwain Funeral Home and they didn’t answer so I told him I would phone. Then I phoned McSwain’s Funeral Home and the Sheriff’s office at the same time.

Q.    Do you know anything about the pistol?

A.    After I had phoned I saw Gus Blease was in there and I heard him tell my boy to “Take it and keep it from me.” I told James not to take it and I told Gus Blease to lay it up there on my desk and the Sheriff will take charge of the pistol. It was there when the sheriff got it.

Q.    You did not hear the shooting?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did Mr. Blease at that time complain about being hit in the head?

A.    He told me he had been hit – threw a brick at him. Whether he did or not I do not know.

Q.    Did you see any scars on his face?

A.    No sir.

CLAYTON UNDERWOOD being duly sworn says:

MR.BLACKWELL:

Q.    Mr. Underwood, you live at Oakland mill?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you at the pool room when the shooting occurred?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see any part of it just before or after the shooting?

A.    Gus Blease was in the pool room and Crouch came in and said he wanted to see him. They went out the back door and in about 3 minutes we heard the shot. We ran out there and he fell.

Q.    Where was Blease when you got out there?

A.    I met him coming in the door.

Q.    What did he say?

A.    He said, “He hit me with a brick.”

Q.    How many shots were fired?

A.    One.

Q.    You saw Crouch on the ground and Blease going back in the pool room?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see any scars?

A.    He had his hand over his head.

Q.    He said, “He hit me with a brick.”

A.    Yes sir. He jumped in his car while we were putting him in the ambulance.

Q.    Did you look out of the window at the time?

A.    Crouch was staggering and I met Blease at the door. I saw Jesse stagger. He was backing down against the Delco house.

Q.    He was staggering from which way?

A.    He was staggering from toward the garage. About half way between the two buildings pulling his clothes off and hollering that he was shot.

PERCY BRIGMAN being duly sworn says:

MR.BLACKWELL:

Q.    Mr. Brigman, you live at Oakland Mill?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you at the pool room when tis shooting occurred?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Tell the jury what you saw.

A.    I did not see anything. I heard one shot. I saw him when he came in but I did not hear him say anything. I was talking about the amount of gasoline I used in my car. I went up to Mr. Darby’s and had Mr. Darby call Mr. Blease and an ambulance. I did not go back anymore.

Q.    You did not see any part of the shooting?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Mr. Brigman, do you know of anyone who did see it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You all were in the rear of the pool room?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who else was in there?

A.    Mr. Adams, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Yon, Mr. Seymore and Mr. Bodie.

Q.    Anyone else in there?

A.    No sir.

MR. BLEASE:

Q.    This is the list that you gave me?

A.    Yes sir.

Mr. Wesley Yon was asked without being sworn if he saw any of the shooting and he replied, “No.” He was also asked if he knew any more than the witnesses who testified and he replied that he did not.

Mr. Seymore was asked if he knew any more than the other witnesses and he said he just heard the shot.

Mr. Bodie was asked the same question and he said that he did not see anything.

CORONER:

Mr. Foreman and gentlemen of the Jury, you have heard the testimony in this case and it is your duty to render a verdict accordingly. You are to find where and by what means the man came to his death.

DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE

To whom it may concern

This certifies that post mortem examination made by me on the body of Jesse Crouch deceased, done on February 13, 1935 at 4:00 pm determined that he came to his death as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted in the right abdomen about midway laterally resulting in 2 or more intestinal punctures. The immediate cause of death being hemorrhage as a result of punctures or cutting by the bullet of the cornum-ilius vein.

February 13, 1935                                                                                                                      Respectfully, E. H. Moore, MD


THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Maybinton (Blair’s) Newberry County in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of March A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty five before George O. Koon Magistrate, upon view of the body of ART JENKINS of Newberry County then and there being dead by the oaths of Frank Hardy, H. S. Kincaid, J. B. McCollum, C. M. Folk, A. H. Maybin, B. H. Maybin being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said ART JENKINS came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said ART JENKINS came to his death from the effects of a gunshot wound at the hands of Taff Thomas on March 10, 1935  and death occurring on March 13th 1935. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid ART JENKINS came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, George O. Koon Magistrate, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                           /s/   George O. Koon Magistrate, (L.S.)

/s/   John B. McCollum (L.S.)                             /s/   A. H. Maybin (L.S.)             /s/   F. B. Hardy, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   H. S. Kincaid (L.S.)                                     /s/   C. M. Folk (L.S.)                    /s/   B. H. Maybin (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of ART JENKINS colored of the Maybinton Section of Newberry SC on March 13, 1935

Held by GEORGE O. KOON Magistrate, in the absence of Coroner I. H. WILSON

Direct examination by MR. KOON

LIZZIE JENKINS colored, being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. KOON:

Q.    Where do you live at Lizzie?

A.    Over here in Maybinton.

Q.    In Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    In the Maybinton section?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who do you live with?

A.    With my husband. I do not know whose place it is on.

Q.    Just tell what happened to you last Sunday night.

A.    All I know is that I got shot.

Q.    What time of night did you get shot?

A.    I don’t know what time it was.

Q.    It was dark?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Which direction did the shot come from?

A.    I don’t know.

Q.    You don’t know which way the shot came from?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you hear the report of the gun?

A.    I heard it and that time it hit me – I don’t know.

Q.    You were shot?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where were you at when you got shot?

A.    I was sitting on my husband’s lap.

Q.    In which room?

A.    In here.

Q.    How far were you from the window?

A.    We were sitting over there in the corner. (Indicated the corner, same being about 10 or 12 feet from the window)

Q.    It was the corner opposite the window?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Whose house were you living in?

A.    My mother’s house.

Q.    What is your mother’s name?

A.    Bettie Ruff

Q.    How long had you been living with her?

A.    I was working at Whitmire and me and my husband would come over here. I was working for Mr. _ at Whitmire.

Q.    You and your husband were living together?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    He was spending the night with you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How long had you and he been here that night before the shooting took place?

A.    I don’t know exactly. We left our house at about 5:00 o’clock that afternoon.

Q.    Did you see anybody here that night?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You did not see anybody around?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know who shot you?

A.    I could not say because I did not see anybody.

Q.    Happened in Newberry County in the Maybinton section?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What date was it? Sunday night March 10th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Had you and your husband had any trouble that day?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Had you had any trouble with anybody that day?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you ever live with anybody else besides your husband?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know of anyone who would have any reason to shoot you?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you know Taff Thomas?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Had Taff Thomas ever went with you?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You have never gone with him?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Had he ever tried to go with you?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you see Taff Thomas Sunday or Sunday night?

A.    I did not see Taff Thomas. I went in the kitchen and I could not see.

Q.    When was the last time you saw him.

A.    I saw him over there on the highway standing in a group.

Q.    Did he say anything to you?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How far was that from this house?

A.    I do not know exactly.

Q.    Out on the road?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What time of day was that?

A.    When we left our house my husband said it was 5:00 o’clock or something like that.

Q.    How far did you and your husband live from here?

A.    I don’t know how far. On Mr. R---place.

Q.    About 2 miles from here?

A.    I could not say.

Q.    Who was in the room besides you and your husband?

A.    Mama and all of the children. I do not know.

Q.    Was there anybody else in the room outside of the family?

A.    I do not know. I do not remember.

Q.    How long had you and your husband been married?

A.    I could not say exactly. Nine years the 3rd of October or 8 years – I do not remember.

Q.    Had you and he ever been separated?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Didn’t Taff Thomas go with you while you were separated?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did he try to go with you?

A.    No sir.

JURY:

Q.    Didn’t you go to North Carolina and stay with him up there?

A.    No sir.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Didn’t you see one of the Thomas boys that night?

A.    Whitner Thomas.

Q.    Who else did you see that night outside of the family?

A.    That is all.

Q.    Didn’t you see Wylie Suber?

A.    No sir.

JURY:

Q.    Wasn’t John Dawkins sitting in here?

A.    He might have been. I had not been in the house. Me and my husband had cooked supper and had just come into the house.

Q.    Didn’t Whitner Thomas come in and call him out? Didn’t he come in and ask Jenkins to come out?

A.    It was John Dawkins. Whitner came in and out a couple of times.

Q.    How many times did Whitner Thomas come in and go out of the house while you and Jenkins were sitting there?

A.    I don’t know. Me and my husband sat in the kitchen after we got through eating supper.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Anything else you know about it?

A.    That is all.

JURY:

Q.    Didn’t you and Taff have some words at the frolic?

A.    No sir. I did not speak to him.

Q.    Didn’t you say that you had been living with your husband all of the time?

A.    No. I did not say that.

Q.    How long have you been living with your husband. Two weeks?

A.    Something like that.

Q.    How long had you been separated?

A.    I could not say.

Q.    How long had it been since you were down there until Saturday night?

A.    I was down there mighty near every Saturday night.

Q.    Where did you go when you did not go there?

A.    Here.

Q.    Hadn’t you and Taff ever had any words?

A.    No.

Q.    He did not whip you?

A.    No.

Q.    Didn’t he come to your house one night and whip you?

A.    He came there once and I asked him out and we had a tussle.

Q.    You and he had some words?

A.    That was all. I just asked him out of the house.

Q.    When you all lived out at the road didn’t Taff come regular?

A.    Sometimes he would come in and sometimes he wouldn’t. Just like all the rest of them.

Q.    He was there a lot and that is why I had them to move – you all would gamble and make lots of fuss?

A.    I did not gamble. They gambled down in the pines.

MR. KOON:

Q.    Did you and your husband have any falling out about Taff Thomas?

A.    No sir. Never had a cross word about it.

Q.    Is that all you know about it?

A.    Yes sir.

ELLA SPENCER being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR.KOON:

Q.    Where do you love?

A.    Here with my mother.

Q.    In the Maybinton District of Newberry County? What is your mother’s name?

A.    Yes sir. Bettie Ruff.

Q.    You were here Sunday night March 10th when the shooting took place?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What time did the shooting take place?

A.    Around 8.

Q.    Just tell what you know about it and everything that happened?

A.    Taff Thomas and Whitner Thomas and Wylie Suber were over in the road. Wylie came in the house.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    When was that? Sunday night?

A.    Wylie came back in and told John Dawkins to come out in the yard. He kept coming in and going out and I told him to stay in or out – one or the other. I could see them all standing out there talking. About that time John Dawkins came back in and sat back down and about that time the shot was made. I know that Whitner Thomas and Wylie Suber were in the yard. I saw them going out in front of the house. Wylie said that Taff Thomas went toward the back of the house.

Q.    He did not come in the house?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you hear any words?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You didn’t hear any words at all?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Where were your sister and her husband sitting?

A.    Sitting over there in that corner (Indicating the corner opposite from the window for a distance of about 10 or 12 feet.)

Q.    Where did the shot come from?

A.    From that window (Indicating window opposite from the corner)

Q.    Then what happened?

A.    I just know that they were out there. John Dawkins was in the house when the shooting took place.

Q.    That left who in the yard?

A.    Wylie Suber and Whitner and Taff Thomas.

Q.    They were the only ones in the yard?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Taff Thomas did not come in the house?

A.    No sir. He sent word for John Dawkins to come out.

Q.    How long did he talk before he came back into the house?

A.    Not over two or three minutes.

Q.    Where does John Dawkins live?

A.    Dog-woller.

Q.    There were three boys in the yard?

A.    Yes sir. Wylie Suber and Whitner and Taff Thomas. They were standing in the yard in front of the door. I saw them. Taff turned and went around the house and the other two boys went down kind of in front of the house.

Q.    Do you know what position Art Jenkins was sitting in at the time?

A.    They were sitting close to me.

Q.    Were they sitting in separate chairs or how were they sitting?

A.    She was sitting on his knee.

Q.    On her husband’s knee?

A.    Yes sir.

MR.KOON:

Q.    Do you know whether your sister and her husband had been separated or not?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know of any trouble that your sister and her husband had about Taff Thomas?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know whether your sister or her husband had ever had any trouble with any of these boys who were in the yard?

A.    I heard him say that Taff Thomas and brother Jenkins had had trouble. That is what I heard him say.

Q.    Did you hear him say what the trouble was about?

A.    Something about gambling.

Q.    When was that?

A.    Sometime last year.

Q.    You say it was about gambling?

A.    Yes sir. That is what he said. I know it was not about his wife.

Q.    You do not know whether Taff Thomas went with your sister or not?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know whether any of these boys had a pistol or gun?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Could he have had a shot gun and you not see it?

A.    He could have had it and I would not have seen it. He had on an overcoat.

Q.    You did not hear any words?

A.    No sir.

Q.    No loud talking?

A.    No sir.

JURY:

Q.    Wasn’t there a shot down here just before sun-down?

A.    That was after sun-down.

Q.    There was one shot just before sun-down?

A.    No sir. I did not hear two shots. Somebody shot out there after dark.

Q.    What time was that?

A.    It was not long before the shooting took place.

MR. KOON:

Q.    Did they all come here together?

A.    John Dawkins was already here.

Q.    Who came with Taff Thomas?

A.    I do not know.

Q.    Do you know whether Jenkins knew that Taff Thomas was out there?

A.    No sir. He did not go back out there. They were in the kitchen cooking.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County in the Maybinton District?

A.    Yes sir.

WOOD THOMAS being duly sworn says:

MR.KOON:

Q.    Woods, where do you live?

A.    I live on Rob Whitney’s Place.

Q.    Newberry County in the Maybinton District?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Woods, just go ahead and tell this Jury what you know about this shooting.

A.    I do not know anything about the shooting over here.

Q.    You were at home Sunday night?

A.    Yes sir. I do not know anything about the shooting.

Q.    What time did Taff Thomas come to your house?

A.    I would say close around 9 o’clock

Q.    About 9?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Who is Taff Thomas?

A.    My son.

Q.    Where does he live?

A.    With me.

Q.    Is he married?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He came in about nine Sunday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did he have with him?

A.    I do not know – I was in bed.

Q.    Did he talk with you Sunday night?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did he stay home the balance of the night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see him next morning and did you talk to him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did he say anything about any trouble?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Just tell the Jury what he said.

A.    I asked him had he shot Art Jenkins and he said that he had and I asked him why he did it and he said that he did not know.

Q.    He said that he shot him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you ask him if he and Jenkins had had any fuss?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did he tell you what he shot him with?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did an officer come to your house the next day and get a shot gun?

A.    Yes sir. My wife told me that they did. They came and got my brother Ross’ gun.

Q.    What kind of gun was it?

A.    A single barrel shot gun.

Q.    You did not miss your gun?

A.    It was not my gun. It was my brother Ross’. He stays upstairs in the house with me.

Q.    Did your boy ask you to give him some money?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He told you he was going to make a get-away if he could?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    And he didn’t ask you for any money?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He told you that he was going to make a get-away?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    And you didn’t give him any money?

A.    He asked me for some money I owed him.

Q.    How much money did you give him?

A.    I gave him $10 which I owed him and I still owed him more than that.

Q.    What time was that Monday morning?

A.    About 8 or 8:30. The Number-Nine (Train) was going up.

Q.    Do you know whether your son and Lizzie had ever been going together?

A.    I don’t know except hearing them talking at the saw mill. I heard him tell the boys that he had her.

Q.    You heard him tell the boys at the saw mill that he had Lizzie for a sweetheart?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    He did not tell you why he shot this man?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He told you that he shot him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did he tell you what he shot him with?

A.    He did not say.

Q.    Did you see the shot gun that the officers got from your house?

A.    I saw the shot gun in a car.

Q.    Is that the shotgun that belonged to your brother Ross?

A.    I took it to be the same gun.

Q.    Do you keep any shells in your house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What kind of shells are they?

A.    The shells that I had there were #6. He did not get any shells of mine.

Q.    Did your brother keep any shells upstairs?

A.    I do not know.

Q.    He told you he had shot Art Jenkins, but did not tell you why?

A.    That is right.

Q.    This happened on the night of March 10th in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE

To whom it may concern

This certifies that I examined post mortem the body of Art Jenkins and find that he came to his death as the result of a gunshot wound inflicted in the head about midway the head on the right side. The skull was fractured in one place. The charge passed through the scalp bone and through brain coverings into the substance of the brain carrying before splinters of bone etc. The immediate cause of death being hemorrhage and infection.

                                                                           3/12/1935                                                                        Respectfully, E. H. Moore
 

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