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Kidnaper Seeks Aid of Victim (Continued From rage D accused, and what his punishment should be. Counsel also failed to object to Miss McElroy giving her personal opinion and conclusion in evidence, and to her testifying that she thought she was going to be killed. In permitting the state to offer a machine gun whicn was not connected with the offense. Calls Attorney Incompetent In calling down humiliation and ridicule upon the defense by his own closing argument, and by leading the jury to believe that his client was guilty so that Mr. O'Hern could point this out to the jury without any objection from the counsel for appelant. The application states that the appelant stands convicted of the offense charged and sentenced to hang, not because the facts in the case warrant it, but because the attorney for the defendant was "30 incompetent that he failed to save his exceptions and such record is not technically before this court." Tam-I of Democrats "The record," the application further stated, "showed that the defendant was deprived of a fair and impartial trial in violation of his constitutional rights in that he was not tried by a jury of his peers, but was tried by a bias jury consisting of 47 Democratic members, although the voting population of Jackson County is about equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, and the chief complaining witness therein was a Democratic leader and head of his party in Jackson County, and eleven members of the panel were political jobholders directly or indirectly in the employ of Mr. McElroy and owed allegiance to him. "The prejudicial attitude of the trial court in reprimanding the attorney for the defendant in the presence of the jury, and the attitude of the judge throughout the trial constantly showing that he was biased and favored the complaining witnesses and that he ·was prejudiced for the defendant , and deprived him of fair trial." Miss McElroy, 26-year-old daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas City, waa kid- naped May. 27, 1933, held 29 hours in the basement of a house in Kansas, and released unharmed upon payment of $30,000 ransom by her father. Court's Kuliiic In upholding McGee's death sentence on March 29, the Supreme Court held that the "proof sufficiently substantiates the verdict of guilty," and that the "record proper discloses no error." Rader and Miss Knight were retained as counsel for McGec following his conviction. and in realize whole that even history "I Lord. God tho by the of and who journey." He surrender hav e right "not Monroe 11 crly. at Horn.. She Jur.e son nieces remain funeral by of which ·wi?] l-V.fis. Monroe she the

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  1. Moberly Monitor-Index,
  2. 09 Apr 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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