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FORMER OFFICIAL DIES SUDDENLY IN HIS BED Citizenship Walter Coast labor address i:6onday the rooms of of available seat and many standing in the noonday vogue for always held This is worship penitential district, so is afforded without The Foster The lesson 6:1-6. a brilliant the exist between most only through Walter to WALTER SPOKE doors of Bank financial County, this hours. bank men of this the is on arrest. $90,000 bank, was tenure Rouse of Bank depositors that is prepare liabilities after to close of the was the Or- to resign connection right of Railroad as Railroad, made rights a big to resign time was of to Later a discov«=r<v5. good by of his $18,000, could instead prop*rt National Learns Toward On the night of the murder Singleton entered the saloon of Benjamin Bros., corner of First and Market streets, in this city. In. the place was Bojorgues, Joe Patron, John Higgins and Joe Benjamin. Singleton had been drinking. He sat down at the table, and taking a large revolver from his pocket placed it on the table. SInffleton imagined the others present at the bar were talking about him. When Bojorgues tried to explain they were not. Singleton shot him in the neck, death resulting instantly. Singleton then i drew a big dirk knife. Joe Patron, a cousin of the deceased, jumped on Singleton and gave him a good beating. The murderer then ran home, and a half hour later when the police arrested him he was asleep in bed. Singleton, who was the only witness for the defense, took the stand in his own behalf. He said that when he entered the saloon he removed the revolver from his pocket and placed it on the table because he could not sit down with it in his pocket. He had gone there to meet Charlie Desimone. He said those in the saloon were friends of his. Benjamin asked him to place his gun in his pocket, and he said he could not. Bojorgues then came over where he was and attempted to take the pistol. Singleton declared that while they both had hold of the weapon it was accidentally discharged. On crossexamination he stuck to his story of the killing being accidental. This is the first time Singleton has spoken of the killing, his mouth having been sealed to the police and reporters. His mother and sister were present in court and wept while he related the story. Rebuttal testimony was Introduced showing that it was almost impossible for Bojorgues* to have been shotJin the manner stated by Singleton. Argument will commence in the morning and the case will probably go to the jury to-morrow night. SAN JOSE, March 22.— Accidental killing is the defense urged by William J. Singleton, the surveyor who is on trial for the murder of Simon Bojor- Rues on the night of November 29 last. To-day the defendant went on the stand and testified that what had every appearance of a cold-blooded crime was merely an accident. Special Dispatch to The Can. ? Witnesses Declare Victim Could Not Have Been Shot as Defendant Says He Was ADVERSE TESTIMONY Growers' Riverside After Hours W. J. Singleton, Accused of Murder in San Jose, Tells Story for the First Time SAYS KILLING WAS ACCIDENTAL ON

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  1. The San Francisco Call,
  2. 23 Mar 1904, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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