Clipped From The Indiana Gazette
MAN SLAIN IN COURTROOM Jury Had Just Found Harlan Defendant Guilty of Murder HARLAN, Ky,, May 32-(/P)— Manzo Shepherd, 24, wai ihot fatal ly Curing th« drama.paokad ellmlx I of a murder trlnl here late yeiter- j day in which he was found guilty ot slaying a taxlcab driver on May ;S. Shepherd was pronounced dead at a hospital while a Circuit J fixed his punishment at^ death I at a hospital while a Circuit Jury nt at death in the electric chair for the killing ' of Joe Christian, Jack Heaton, 26-year-old Louel; Louel; len, Ky., coal miner and nephew of j Christian, surrendered to officers ' Immediately after Slfepherd wn.i shot in the court room, Sheriff Clint Ball said. No charge was placed against him immediately. The pistol shot wag fired a few moments after attorneys completed arguments to the jury, Shepherd, seated with his attorney at the defense defense table, slumped to the floor. Circuit Judge James S. Forester told the jury that the wounded man was alive when carried from the court room and directed that the case be taken under consideration. consideration. Thc verdict was reported ten minutes later—but Shepherd was dead. Sherman Clousc, 23. and Howard Hensley. 30, of Yancey, Ky., charged charged jointly with Shepherd, were granted separate trials and Judge Forester re-set their cases for the October term. Christian's throat-slashed b o dy was found on Black Mountain, near the Kentucky-Virginia state line.