Clipped From Statesville Record And Landmark
' •'•' ia.^Li'd-i, neiHierson Says He Was Brother When Wife Is Cross-Examined. Hendersoriville, Oct. 17. — Plato Edney Friday gave a Henderson Superior court jury an entirely new version as to how his wife wan shot to death .in their home near here last August. I All day Thursday he heard a pa- 1 rad« of. state's witnesses, led by "his j 12-year-old daughter, say he poked a 'shotgun through a.window and firefl Jon Mrs< Edney as she dressed their •youngest child. j Friday the Henderson county farmer took the stand in his own behalf and testified the shot was fired accidentally as he fled frohi an infuriated .brother.. i Two of the Edney children were wounded by th«>; charge which Erhel j Edney told. n,' 13-nerson jury came from . her father.'? gun after he had .lifted the window curtain aside and 'aimld the gun at her mother. i Edney yesterday maintained through a .rigid cross - examination that as he and his wife washed d'.sh- es a brother, Walter, came to his ] i i ' ] 1 I i He .aff father, W. C. Erfney. tepara'ed tlvem and that Walter left after threatering to kill him as *oon sa «A' T j iv- !.„».<. «,.r *™f "As I pawd the ho«M my foot •lipped, in a hole. 1 threw myself toward the house and the gun hit- tmar the window Oil. discharged. I did,; not know my wife was -n the , room, pen I ran because I wa? afrwd, of my brother. • The .defendant^ he heard a ,wo; man scream "Marjorie 3 been kjlled. as, he passed a .creek near the hou.a bnt.that he kept on 'because . was " w > -j ,_ IT.- -e A Edney said he .and his wife had separated twice, Thursday witnesses said he blarnea his wife s fainilv for the separation'and that he had threatened her, her.,, lather ami hot 1 brothers.. Mrs. ISdncy'returned af- fer their, last separation whiej> <nded last March. , ., \ , ! 4 The state introduced ivitncsses I';-i- day who .said there' was ho hole unoer the window where Edney said he slipped. Eclney's father and brothers swore he sliimod into a hole and tna gun was discharged .accidentally.