John Killian pardoned in Bates murder

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John Killian pardoned in Bates murder - GOVERNOR GRANTS FULL PARDON JOB KILL! Asheville...
GOVERNOR GRANTS FULL PARDON JOB KILL! Asheville Man Serving Sentence Sentence for Manslaughter Is Set Free. . . RALEIGH. N. C Sept If. A full pardon was granted today by Governor Governor Blckett for John Kllllan, of Asheville, who has served since October October 118 on a three year's sentence sentence for manslaughter In the killing of George Bates, In Asheville. The pardon is granted because the governor governor is convinced that Kllllan did not kill Bates. He sars that the evidence before the jury fully justified the verdict that Kllllan was. guilty and also the acquittal acquittal of three other parties on trial. However, ' new evidence by William F. Church and Mrs. M. L. Lambert, makes It plain, the governor thinks. that Kllllan is not guilty. In his reasons for the pardon the new evi dence is given in run ana tne governor governor adds that he was personally in Asheville some weeks ago and Investigated Investigated and gave every opportunity for any opposition to the pardon -to -to b presented and none was forthcoming. He says Andy Bates, father of the man killed and who was in the fight told him that he did not believe that KUliaa killed his son. 1

Clipped from Asheville Citizen-Times13 Sep 1917, ThuPage 1

Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina)13 Sep 1917, ThuPage 1
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