Bates murder trial

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TRIO Oil TRIAL FOR GEO. BATES MURDER ANDY BATES DENIES KILLING HIS SON. Baton, Bessie Munf and John Kill lan Are the Three Defendants In the Cms. - "I did not kill my ion," was the re peated avowal of Andy Bates on the witness-stand yesterday In Superior court, where with two co-defendants he Is being; tried for the murder of Oeorre Bates. John Killlan and Be sle Munsey are the other two facing the charge, and the fight for their conviction promises to he n Intense one. The death of young Bates occurred about a year ago after some sort of a brawl about his father's house, ac cording to the evidence that was in irooucea yemeraay. Bates Is represented by Judge Philip C. Cocke and A, Hall Johnston. The Munsey woman's attorneys are O. Spears Reynolds and Marcus Erwln, while KllUan la represented by w. P. Brown. Dr. E. R. Morris, the coroner, testified to the knife wound that killed Bates. He swore that the Jugular vein of the deceased was severed and that he did not live more then a few minutes after he was wounded. Witnesses Introduced by the state wore that Andy and George Bates quarreled and came to blowa. and that shortly afterward the elder Bates and Killlan carried the injured man to the nome or nla father, where he died and from where a short time later the police were summoned. Lieutenant Fred Jones and H. T. Dillingham, of the police department, testified In reference to the arrests in the case. Dillingham testified that KllUan told him that Bates was the slayer of his own son and that statement was made at least once in Andy Betes presence. Andy Bates' story of the occurrence was to the effect that George had been in company of Killlan, Bessie Munsey and Essie Redmon, that the four were in a vacant house near the Bates home, the house being in charge of the elder Bates. He further swore that he told them to leave the house, fearing that they would set it afire, but that they refused to leave. Later. he swore, he heard voices at the house and heard his son say, "Don't you cut me." Much stress was laid upon the story told by Bates where he described his actions in carrying his son, who, he said, was in a helpless condition through intoxication. Bates stated that he stumbled against a nail keg bruising' his nose. He denied having bruises on his forehead, which were seen by Essie Redmon, according to her statement when on the stand previously as a state's witness. The attorneys for the other defendants asked Bates if he did not have these bruises and If he did not tret them in a fistic encounter with his son. These facts were vigorously denied. The knife that was used to kill Oeorge Bates was never found, according- to the testimony of the police. All defendants denied knowledge of the whereabouts of the weapon, according to the -sworn statements of the officers.

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  1. Asheville Citizen-Times,
  2. 07 Oct 1916, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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