Ercell Brogan

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m., the way 44 derailed more down the after and material DEMONSTRATION OCCURS AS GIRL WINS ACQUITTAC working to IIP IN PATRICK Ora Turner and Ernest Shelton Face Trial for Murder of Cox Brothers (Special to The Bee) STUART. Va.. Feb. 29;--The trial of Ernest Shelton and Ora Turner on the charge of murdering David and Maynard Cox over a year ago in the Fayerdale section will be gone into at the coming term of court open- Ing March 5. Tentatively, Thursday March 8, has been set for this double double trial, which is expected to create create wide interest throughout this section. The story of the killing is expected to bring into view a story of animosities engendered over tne reporting of a liquor still. The shooting took place on Sunday Sunday afternoon. David and Maynard Cox were shot dead, as was Turner Hall, and Mr. and Mrs. John Chaney were wounded lightly. The guns were drawn and flashed In close quarters and Mrs. Chaney was hit toy a bullet which pierced the wall of the next room. The defense, which will be undertaken undertaken by William L. Joyce and J. Murray Hooker, will be that neither Ernest Shelton nor Ora Turner killed the Cox boys but that it - was the gun of Turner Hall which found two marks before he himself was withered withered by the cross-fire. The Cox sisters sisters will probably be strong: witnesses witnesses for the state, as they are said to have seen the whole affray. The defense will have others to Insist that it was Hall who killed the brothers. The passage of a year has lowered the flames of 111 feeling which lasted for months. At least one witness was shot and wounded as an aftermath aftermath of the shooting. At the same time, the formidable array of state counsel indicates 'that there still lurks some animosity and that the survivors of the brothers are bent on seeing Justice done. The coming term win 8eo R E Wool wine back again in the role of county commonwealth's attorney a post he lost years ago and 10 which £° ^ °il cted **. « le 1««* Wovem- He ls to by ' A K y A. Thompson, n Baptist minister and mayor of the town as well as a shrewd counselor-at-law. Hampton s expected to last three days MBS. FINCH ENDORSED Ercell Brogan Plans Trip \_ to Maryland with Her] t-, Brother to Take Rest* ;'{ Following Jury Verdict L~ Freeing Her of Murder; of Father--State Failed! Fin Fin Late Effort to Showj Murder Prompted Byj Ct Family Dispute. ; ~" w (Special to The Bee) ROCKY MOUNT, Va., Feb. 29.--« * Freed, yesterday evening In half ai| t hour by the jury which, tried ner in the Franklin circuit court for mur-. v dering her father, Ercell Brogan, aged; 16. today gave way to the strain ot her trial. While she said she had - no no plans it was Inferred that he? brother, Hobart Brogan. who sided * with her in the trial, will taxe her " away from the Immediate surroundings surroundings to Maryland, in order that sao may forget as.quickly as possible; ,"The ,"The patricide case'was parallel in ' many vital particulars .to that tried recently In North Carolina where Mrs, "-'" Alma Gatlin. was freed at Wentwortll * -. for killing her father. In bot.h. cases there was the background of domes- '·" tic 'unhappiness the defense seeking v to show that the husband was fre-« quently Intoxicated and when in suctj state practised cruelties on ids wifa , and daughter. ' After three hours of argument tho jury returned yesterday evening ant in 25"'minutes rapped at the door and announced it wai ready to..giva a verdict. The county courtroom was packed, as it rareiy has been ot recent years. · When the Jury had been polled and had announced the decision the girl, whose eyes were bloodshot from persistent persistent crying and who had been unnerved unnerved all day neither fainted noe indulged in. a fulsome demonstration. demonstration. She was about the calmest person person iri the courtroom. The verdict was popular as'cheers rent the courthouse and carried to those waiting outside the significance of the jury agreement. agreement. Mrs. Brogan was one cf the first to reach, the child freed of murder, murder, then her. attorneys. Herbert.and: Dal ton Dlllard. congratulated her. Ercell also shook hands with tha \ Jury and Judge Peter Dillard vener- j able jurist of the circuit bestowed j , a smilo on the girl and shook hef j hand. Others also did so and. found j the child's hand as cold as ice. I While the state sought to show by , R. W. Menefee that the murder of John Brogan was promoptcd by a family dispute over'his will whicn he "" threatened to rewrite, on the day/ofi: the killing, this eleventh hour con-* * tention failed to move the jury -rohicbi appears to have accepted at face valua the girl's story and that of ner mother mother also neighbors who supported Mrs. Brogan's contention that her life had been made miserable for a year. Tha evidence of the family physician, whoi , was called to treat Mrs. Brogan after after such assaults also Is considered Important in tha- it was disinterested disinterested testimony. The Brogan case concluded tha criminal docket and civil cases wers taken up today. ^ . £,._ ; '_ Moody Seeks to *

Clipped from The Bee29 Feb 1928, WedPage 1

The Bee (Danville, Virginia)29 Feb 1928, WedPage 1
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