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 - Witness Declares Slay ing Accident Brother of...
Witness Declares Slay ing Accident Brother of Plato iEdney, Charged With Killing Wife, Says Man's Toot Slipped— Defendant To Testi' fy- Ileh'dci'sbhvilie, .Oct. ' 16. Plato Fdney. 33, killed his wife by accident, his brother, Clarence, who said he Was an eye - witness to the shoot- itisr, testified at Ednoy's trial for murder yesterday. , Clarence Edney said that his brother's, abotgun v;a* discharged through g window, of. the"slain woman's room whrn Plato's foot sl'ppcd in a hole. Wl G. Edney. father of the accused ninn, said Claud, another of his 'none, had taken the shotgun from the *iouso when Plato, and WaHer, «n- ,ther of the brothers, auarrelled. . 'Claud testified he hid th'n gun un- ••«r tho housis but that' Plato saw Mm and got it. Claud left, the premises and Clar- e-ce said Plato backed away from Urn with the weapon, stepping into a hole, causing him to swerve and discharge the gun into the room where his wife and three children were dressing. The woman was fatally wounded and two older ch'ldrcn are plightly hurt by stray shot, but a ba- b'v. Mrs. Edney was dressing escaped 1 / ' . Counsel 'for tho defendant 1 «n- noun^ed he would test'fy as the last fjpfehse witness. The state rested shorilv after, noon after shown? how Mrs. Ed.nev was killed by a gun in <lie hands of her husband, the children, Edna, said she _ ,.,.. Cathor, stick the stun in tV' window, lay its barrel on the sill, and fire, v Other witnesses, neighbors, said Ithey saw Ednfey sjip aromxi tli* hou^, push,the curtains aside Y/tth his gun and fire. ; Others testified Edney had repeatedly threatened ma "•>

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 20 Oct 1931, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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