John Killian, George Bates murder
SPECIAL TERM OF COURT IS WANTED irsi ' County Board and Court May Request Special Criminal Term of Two Weeks. . MANY OLD CASES. That the county commissioners will be asked next Monday to petition Governor Locke Craig for a special term of Superior court for tho trial of criminal eases in this counny, Is the statement made today. It is believed that the commissioners and Judge W. F. Harding, who is presiding over the present term of Superior court for the trial of civil cases, will asli the governor governor to call tho special session. It was found impossible to try more than one-half one-half one-half the cases on the criminal criminal docket at the term of Superior court which ended last week, there being something over 200 cases on tho docket when the court convened and several of these were capital cases. Amorss the Important cases continued continued are the Hates case, the Koon case, the Arden blackmailing cases, tho Era-bier Era-bier Era-bier caseand the Allison case, all of! which are of a seriousj nature and will doubtless be hard fought when called for trial. Then there re many other smaller cases that were continued at the lust session of the court, Another Reason. One of the main reasons for asking for a special term now, it Is stated, are the complications arising from the Dates case. While Solicitor .Swain stated when the defendants, Andy Hates, John Killian and Bessie Weaver M unsey, were arraigned, that he would only ask for a verdict of murder in the second degree, it is stated that each of the defendants will ask for a separate tiial. It was planned at first to trv all the cases as one, but the defendants now demand separate trials, it is stated. If the specitU term is called, the plan is to take one week for the present present term of four weeks of court for civil eases and one week from the next Madison term, making tw weeks for the criminal iases here.