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BUNT - Youth Cleared Oi 'Murder' Lumber Yard Worker...
Youth Cleared Oi 'Murder' Lumber Yard Worker Acquitted of Charge In Parents' Death , RENTON. Ark.. April 12, (AP>—A Saline County Circuit Court jury which deliberated only six minutes, late yesterday acquitted Ernest *Bunt. 19. of charges of first degree murder in connection with the fire deaths of his parents. Bunt, a lumber ya t r d worker, stared blankly for a few seconds, then burst into tears .and hugged and kissed his attorney, Jack HolL Earlier yesterday.' he had denied on Uie witness slimd the state's accusation accusation that after a quarrel with his lather he substituted an explosive explosive fuel oil for kerosene, which was used for kindling stove fires at the Runt home. The state assorted, assorted, that the alleged substitution substitution resulted in explosion and fire which destroyed the home nnd fatally fatally burned Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bunt last Jan. 14. Prosecutor Joe W. McCoy said !n lii.s closing argument thai- he didn't didn't believe Bunt "intended to kill his parents when be burned the house down." He said he wasn't asking a death penalty, possible or conviction of first degree murder but believed that Bunt should be punished.

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  1. The Courier News,
  2. 12 Apr 1951, Thu,
  3. Page 21

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