O C Riddle testifies November 4, 1899
EVIDENCE IS ALL IN sooisr BE AT AN END. TO Jury Wa» Excused Until Wednesday Morning—Defendant's Testimony on the Stand—Only the Argument Now Keuiiiiiia. All of the testimony to be introduced in the Winslow murder trial was in this morning shortly after 10 o'clock and the jury was then excused until next Wednesday morning, when the arguments will be commenced. Judge Bishop in excusing, the jurors, stated that it would hardly be possible to get through 1 with the arguments today and that the ' jurors would not be enabled to get back here Monday and then get back to their homes in time to vote. So instead of I making any breaks in the arguments 'they were excused until they could'all come together again without any possibility of further interference. "Remember the cautionings I have heretofore given you upon dismissal. Be careful not to talk over the case with anybody nor to get any further impressions from the papers. It is necessary in this case to be particularly careful, and you must observe my instructions. This is a. case of great importance to the state on account of the necessity of seeing that the laws are properly administered and it is of par- ticular importance to the defendant, j whose personal safety and wellbeing are in jeopardy and han; ance." in the bal- O. C. Riddle of Highland Park was the first witness called this morning, i He testified to the defendant having a i generally bad reputation. Mr. Smith was recalled by the defense in rebuttal of the testimony tending to show the bad reputation borne by Wm. Winslow. >• "What is his reputation?" "Good." On the cross-examination she stated that she- knew that he drank, but said: "So do a good many of our best men. on a of Wm. Grove, Chas. Stickler, a laborer- Geo. Hollis, a printer in the employ of' the Register; J..S. Peters, a brick setter who works for the Flint Brick com- pany, and Ed Thomas, foreman at the Flint brick yards, were called success- ively bv the fleffms* nnr! mi t«Hfwi : iveiy oy me aetense, and ay testified that the reputation of. the defendant xvas good. They all live in the vicinity of Highland Park. Under the cross- examination of Mr. McLennan they all stated that they had never known of Winslow's having been drunk or having been arrested. W. T. Day was called by the state in place of Chester Curtis, who had been subpoenaed and had failed to show up. He testified that the defendant's reputation was" bad. In spite of the fact that the defense was being based on the assumption of the insanity of Winslow, he was put on the stand in his own behalf Friday afternoon and gave an account of the events of the evening.. He acknowledged to being on the college campus with the boys on the evening of September 6 when Tilton drove by in the hayrack and to having- said that he was going to get something to throw at him. He had gone around the waiting room and found a brick which was too big to throw and had tried to break it, and finding that he could not ha<3 dropped it and followed with notHing- Tiltqn down the street in hJs- hands. -He had hailed the murdered man three times and Tilton had finally stopped, whereupon he stepped up and asked' Tilton what objection he had to having his (Winslow's) horses turned into his lot. He stated that Tilton had replied with an oath and had said that he would jab him with a pitchfork, whereupon he had stepped back and picked up something from the road and threw it at him. He had then run away. He testified that he had not been able to see the pitchfork in Tilton's hands on account of the darkness, but he did not explain how he had been enabled to find anything on the road to throw at the deceased. On coming back to. the boys, he had" told them he had come near getting killed by Tilton and had told some of them because he had not heard the team going away, and find out what Tilton was doing. He said that he had told them: "He'll probably have me arrested." The testimony of all the boys was that Winslow had come back and said: "I have killed him. Some of you boys go up and catch the team." The attorneys for the defense made careful examination of these witnesses, and doubt will be thrown upon their words in comparison with the statement made by the defendant as to w-hat he really said. • The fact that the defendant was constantly drunk and was associated with a low gang of toughs was testified to by Detective EH Hardin, who had arrested him several times.