Grandpa Gills Aquittal
(o. Its hearing sus- upon Jury Quickly Acquits Gills in Murder Case A verdict of "not guilty" re- c shot without sighting. He said sounded yesterday afternoon in a hushed courtroom less than 15 minutes after the jury had retired to deliberate a murder charge against John Thomas GUIs, 56 of Josephine. Gills had been charged wilh the shot-gun killing of his son-in-law Johnny Cole, 38, of Grab Orchard as Cole broke into Gills home last Feb. 26. ' The not-guilty verdict was delivered m a cteep silence. Judge Harry L. McCreery had warned spe '.ators in the -cou.t i remain quiet regardless of the verdict delivered. After the verdict, spectators to shake hand'; wilh the acquitted man, Gills "at ^-- , i. i i _ -,i , . . * I'rosecutii Sparacino. shook hands with the judge I and Prosecutin. Attorney Anthony had thrown filled yesterday that he shot gun and had shot because he was afraid of Cole because he knew "he mean and drank a lot," GUIs further testified that he kr M he was not, a match for Cole and was afraid Cole would kill som* of his (Gi)Js'J family. The shot was fired after Cole pushed through the door to the Gills home and lunged at Gills', the defendant testified. Gills -said Cole came to hia home and demanded that Cole's wife and children go home wllh him. The defendant said he told Cole if he would go get a law ficer to come to the -home and say Cole's wife, ..ho was Gills' daughter, Flwlrl g home, that he (Cole), could take them. ., Instead, Cole told him he would come into the home and kill the family and then kill himself, Gills testified. '