Isom Thacker sentenced
spending the announce wa? a In WITNESS MAY SAY SHOTS SOUND LIKE RIFLE, COURT RULES Rifle Shot Ruling Gets Start Walker County Circuit Court Trial MONTGOMERY/-- (AP--The Supreme Supreme Court has ruled that a witness may testify that distent shots 'sounded like a rifle." even though the witness admits he cannot distinguish distinguish between pistol and rifle shots. The high court held that the Court of Appeals erred In reversing a Walker County Circuit Court's judgment of murder In the second cegree against Isom Thacker, because because a witness'was allowed to testify, over objection of defense counsel, that he heard shots that "sounded like a rifle" near the cottage John Doolan on the day Doolan waa slain. Thacker was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment In the death Doolan on Sept. 12, 1930. at his home on Coaol Valley HJ11 In Walker county but the Court of reversed the judgment declaring evidence connecting Thacker with Doolan'e death was "entirely circumstantial'. circumstantial'. In remanding the case to the Cciurt of Appeals for final action, the Supreme Court ruled that the witness 1 testimony that he did the difference between plsto! and rifle shots did not disqualify him irom describing to the Jury what the shots sounded like. Doolan was found lying face downward on his porch, shot through the heart with a rifle, while neighbors testified they saw Thacker standing In front of the tome shortly afterward with a In hli hand.