25 Jan 1907 Culpeper tragedy - Strother brothers indicted

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25 Jan 1907 Culpeper tragedy - Strother brothers indicted - antoTHEi BiomeRM iwdictbd The special grand...
antoTHEi BiomeRM iwdictbd The special grand jury at Culpeper late yeaterday evening brougbt into court a true bill again?t I.tmes F. and Philip .1.Strother for the murder of Wil liara Bywaters at Itotherwood, the Strother home, in Culpeper county. The forpman of the giand iury was Mr. Jos. Wil mer The grand uiry had some 1"' or ln wilnesses belore it yeaterday, and it took firaOi tho oine grand jurymen to con cur in the imding of tho indictment Ibe indictment eontains threo i-ouot-., all of which praetically charge murder in tbe urat degree The Strolbers were allowed by Judge A'tkpn in accrdance with an agreement o( cotinspl on both i ides ol the case, to rpnew the rx.nd, which brougbt them lo court yesterday Ihc trial wai, alio by agreement of counsel, set for February '1 next While ihere is a great denl of leeling oa tiolh Hidea, everylhing ihere i< i|iiiet. The Strothera are well repreaented by counsel, .lohn I .letlries, of Norfolk; .lohn L I.ee, of Lynchburg; B. Walton bfoore, <d I airfax, and *iv of their fliaodi in the county who are lawyers having been retaincd Charlea li W'aiic has cLed that .1 .hn Keith be appointed to aet as Commonwealth's At torncy in the case in place of himaeif, and this was d me. Capt. Micajah \\ ooda, of Charlottesville, is assisting Mr. Keith There neemi lo be no probability nf a controveny over tbe lacts in the cisp I here may be a variaucp in tbe statr menta of witneoscs upon minor pointu, Imt the defense will be comlucted along the lines p/nera!ly accepted tbe t called "unwritten law " The mrors who will sit in the ca?e wil! probably be asked losay that the killing of By water. was a malter of righl Tha defense, as well as the prrisecution, ii ready to pro ceed with the tria', Ductor and Mh F. L Giines, the latter another sister of the Strothera aod iLp widewed Lride, fiho wero Ihe ooly wilneeaes to the tragedy, will be Ihe principal witneaaes for the defense. Mr? P.ywaters may not be able to appear, owing to ibe fact that she is criticilly ill from ihe efl.cts ol an operation, A short time Bgo it wai not eipected thit she would live Hhoni 1 she recover ihe wiil besuramonr) to appear In Yvaahing ton in Ihe prosecution 1 Dr. F.dward I.eon Thonis, who li held tbcre lor ihe action ot th.- grand jury upon the charge of having performed the operation nf on her. _

Clipped from Alexandria Gazette25 Jan 1907, FriPage 2

Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, Virginia)25 Jan 1907, FriPage 2
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