Monroe Betterton Will Die in Electric Chair
THE MONETT WEEKLY TIMES. FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1920. - a BETTERTON WILL DIE IN ELECTRIC CHAIR Former Monett Resident To Pay Penalty For Wife Murder. Springfield, May 9. Monroe Better-ton, for a number of years a resident of Monett, will pay the penalty for the murder of his wife in the electric chair at the Oklahoma state penitentiary at McAllister on July 9, the anniversary of the killing, according to word received from Oklahoma City where the state court of appeals yesterday affirmed the sentence of the lower court. The murder occurred at Vinita only a short time after Bettei-ton and his bride of only a few weeks had moved there from Monett. Testimony adduced at the trial of the slayer showed that Mrs. Betterton was kiMed by her husband as she was arranging her hair in a room of the home and while she had her back turned to him. She was shot three times. The murder oc curred on July 9, 1919. A son of Mrs. Betterton by a former marriage witnessed the tragedy. Betterton has a record as a "woman killer." It is said that he has slain three women in his lifetime, all of whom were his wives. Several yeans ago he was convicted of killing the woman then his wife while they were walking along the Frisco railroad tracks letween Monett and Peirce City He was tried in the Lawrence county circuit court at Mt. Vemon found guilty and sentenced to 99 years in the state penitentiary. He was pardoned by Governor Gardner April 1, 1919. He returned to Monett and was married to a Monett woman at Mt. Vernon just four months after his release from the penitentiary. I . I Mrs. J. E. Tyhurst will go to Galena I Mo., Tuesday, on a business trip. ! Miss Bonnie Evans returned home 1 Monday from Crane where she has been visiting relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Gus Doenig and chil-j dren visited, relatives in Sarcoxie, ' Sunday. j Mrs. A. R. Leber, of Pacific, Mo., ; spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. I Geister, and sister, Mrs. Mary' Wight-j man, Sunday and left this morning for j Joplin to visit and from there she will I go to Parsons, Kan., to visit a sister, j Mrs. George Coleman, of St. Louis, visited relatives in Monett, Sunday, enroute to Oklahoma City in the interest of the L. A. to O. R. C. T. M. Lumly. of Cushing, Okia., was , the guestof Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Ran-; dolph, Sunday,' enroute home from a business trip to Springfield.