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CONDEMNED KIDNAPER IS GIVEN EXECUTION STAY BY GOVERNOR JEFFERSON CITY, May 7.— (/ P)—Governor Guy B. Park today granted Walter McGee, ftidnaper of Miss Mary McElroy, scheduled to be hanged in Kansas City Friday, a stay of execution until May 31. The governor’s action was taken a few minutes after McGee's fight to escape the gallows apparently reached the end of the trail in Missouri’s courts when the supreme court, division No, 2, fuled against him in two proceedings. “I am granting McGee a stay of execution until May 31 in order to study the case and go over the records,” Park said. The court denied a motion for the transfer of McGee's case to the* supreme court en banc and refused to request for the appointment of a special commissioner to take depositions. McGee, who abducted Miss Me- i Elroy in 1933, was th$ first kid- naper to receive the death penalty in the United States. McGee Is Overjoyed. KANSAS CITY, May 7.—(^P>— Walter McGee, who was but three days away from the gallows, received with a whoop of joy today the news that Governor Guy B. Park had given him a three-\freek stay of execution. McGee, listening dolefully to his tiny radio set, was told by Sheriff Thomas Bash of the «tay. ‘Tn? a^fu11. gla£' ^IcGe«' told the sheriff when his first veil of T joy had ceased to echo through the cell-block,”I hope to hear more good news soon" McGee, condemned kidnaper of Miss Mary McEiroy, waws to have been hanged early Friday morning. “You know,’ he told Bash,” I’ll be 30 years old on May 28 and 1 sure hope the governor gives me a birthday present.” Swiftly he counted on his fingers and discovered that the new dpte set for his execution is May 31. “But I wish he'd give it to me before my birthday,” he added. I of

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  1. Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light,
  2. 10 May 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 18

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