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house a rose 'figures of ° f OliphaniMan Faces Prison In Death Of Wife William Besoa Found Guilty Of Voluntary Manslaughter By Jury. GREENSBURG, Sept. 1.--William 1.--William Beeson, 39, formerly of Oil- phant, a Homestead settlement worker, today faced prison after being being convicted of voluntary manslaughter manslaughter in the fatal iron-pipe seating of his third wife, Gertrude, last July 26. A jury of six men and six women women returned the verdict yesterday after deliberating since 3 p. m. Wednesday when Judge J. Hilary Seenan gave Season's fate into their lands. The Commonwealth charged that Beeson beat his wife with an iron pipe in a fit of anger during an argument argument over the use of the family automobile. , · Under the law the maximum penalty penalty on a voluntary manslaughter conviction is not less than six vears and not more than 12 years mprisonment. Beeson displayed no emotion when the verdict was read by Mrs. any other jury foreman like the verdict'" . , h? . t VAl O Gertrude Russell of Vandergrift, . - j- ^_ ' . he was asked. '"I have to take it and like It," he replied. Sentence was deferred pending decision by Paul K, Mcpormick, defense defense attorney. 011 whether to ask for a new trial. He said, he would decide within a few days. Jury Locked Up Unable to reach a verdict Wednesday Wednesday after seven hours deliberation deliberation the jury was ordered locked up for the night. Judge J. Hilary Kcc- nan, who presided at the murder trial, had waited until 10 p. m.. but the jury gave no indication at that time, that it had agreed on a verdict. Beeson was charged with fatally beating his wife. Gertrude, during an argument over use of the family automobile. In his own defense _ yesterday, the defendant said his mind went blank and he did not 'know he had struck his wife until police arrested him and told him of his act. Defense Attorney Paul K, McCormick McCormick pleaded with the jury in his closing address to .send Beeson back to the Homesteads a free man. "William Beeson, in my, mind, is a man and a gentleman," McCormick McCormick said. ''What happened on the evening of July 26 was a misadventure misadventure brought^about by a- hard-to- get-a long-with wife. This defend- aat is not a murderer. He didn't mean to harm anyone. His faculties faculties were beyond his control. If he committed any offense, it was involuntary manslaughter. There was no element of murder,"' Mc- jCormick said. ' . ! ! Assistant District Attorney E. P. I Doran, although not asking for the i death'penalty, told the jury that Hospital News Harvey Myers of Mt. Pleasant admitteti to the Uniontown hospital hospital for an appendicitis operation yesterday. June Leighty, Conneltoville, entered entered the Uniontown hospital yesterday for treatment. Mrs. Andrew Shillinger of is in the hospital for an operation. operation. Nelle Agenli of Fairbank is in ] the hospital for the removal of i tonsils. Sara Frey, Braddock, was admitted admitted to the hospital for an operation. Paul Radolac, Coolspring street, 'will have his tonsils removed in j hospital, Anneda Conn. Pt. Marion, is the Uniontown hospital for an operation. Russell Weltner of Srnithfield will have his tonsils removed in hospital. Armcda Conn. Pt. Marion, is the Uniontown hospital for an operation. Russell Weltner of Smithfield undergo an operation. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday. Samuel Stacel of Masontown is in the hospital for the removal of his tonsils. Graham RIehl of r... Beeson hotel was discharged from the. hospital hospital yesterday following a week of medical treatment Julia Hazudn. Tower Hill, return- the death of Mrs. Beeson was accident and the defendant should be made to pay for his act.

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  1. The Evening Standard,
  2. 01 Sep 1939, Fri,
  3. Page 29

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