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set yesterday Gill, 55. of a .eat HffiSwk'ffiS-*, ty Criminal Court. Goes On Trial Over Cole Slaying within Mrs. a been this He is charged with slaying his son-in r law, Johnny Cole, about 38, of near Crab Orchard, at home on Feb. 26. Cole was son of Magistrate J. K. Cole of Rhodell. Prosecuting Attorney Anthony J. Sparacino said in opening statements that evidence will show that Cole went to the Gill home to take his wife and dren home and; as he -was:: eii- -feting the homer he was killed. Evidence will show that Cole not angry with anyone, Sparacino said. i tables and performed The defense attorney, J. Q. Hutchinson, said evidence will , show that Cole beat his wife, erved broke then- furniture, -threw food on the floor, tore up her. - - ' · · · · · - "A F L^local L before in expect four of the and one Move to where burn in and kicked her like a dog. . . it _ , . Hutchinson said she had insti- tuted divorce proceedings and was hiding at her father's house when Cole* arrived. He further declared that 'Gill knew Cole a dangerous man and since Gill was elderly and small man, the only thing he could do was when Cole forced his way in. Deputy Sheriff Mason Farley, who investigated the slaying, testified that Gill told him he shot Cole with a shotgun. The 'deputy said he found divorce papers, Cole. He also sa'id he found a night latch lying on the floor inside the room. He said Gill talked freely and admitted shooting Cole .after Cole had broken open the door. A neighbor, Charlees Bucchi, testified he heard Cole say "shoot" shortly before he heard a shotgun blast. Eva Cole, wife of the dead told the jury she was at her father's house at the time of the killing. She testified that Cole his wife and children. She said her father asKed Cole if he had obtained "protection" for his'wife and children, and that Cole answered that he didn't need any protection, that he was going to kill them and himself. Questioned as to whom he referring when he said he would kill them, Mrs. Cole said he to kill all the family, including r her father, mother, sister and She^estified that_CoIe^tartedJo , - j told him not to come in because have a gun " ; burns which she . She said her father became that she picked it up and handed it to him. Her father loaded the gun just as Cole shoved through the door and lunged at him, Mrs. Cole testified. Her father -did not shoot until Cole broke down the door lunged at him, she said. The state rested its case yes- me staie resiea us case yes,- ol , S terday. The defense will present lev evidence today.

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 17 Jun 1953, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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