maimi daily news record-miami oklahoma march 17,1949 jury
GODBEYJURY IS STILL OUT; MEN DIVIDED, 6 TO 6 Group Spends Four Hours Disr cussing Case Before Retiring Retiring Last Night OKLAHOMA CITY, March 17— UP)—A jury deliberating the fate of Roy Prank Godbey still was out at 2 p. m. today. It announced last night, it was divided 6 to 6. After it went into session at 8:20 a. ni. to consider the case of the admitted slayer of Attorney Earl Pruet, it called for exhibits. The jury of 12 men went to bed last night" four hours after- taking the case, When District Judge Clarence Mills excused them for the night, foreman R. L. Jarrell, a telephone telephone company engineer, said he had hopes the jury can reach an agreement. The 53-year-old ex-convict, who pleaded insanity/ did not testify. He left his defense to his three lawyers, who built their case on two major points: , Godbey was sent to prison for 17 years on false evidence; the injustice of that wrong unhinged a mind already affected by hereditary hereditary weakness and epi.)epsy. Last Jan. 11—a few months after his release from prison— Godbey carried out a vow to kill Pruet—the county attorney who prosecuted the case. Both defense and prosecution in the murder trial paraded medical witnesses to the stand to prove their contentions — the defense that Godbey is insane and does not know right from wrong, and the state to prove that lie is mentally mentally sound and planned a crafty, cold-blooded murder. The state demanded death in the electric chair, .while the defense defense asked that Godby be placed in a-mental hospital. ' '— BUY SAVINGS BONDS— .