Joseph Messenlehner Testifies in Murder Case
Ruling on Request to Dismiss Ward Case Due Tuesday carrying of in of Judge Stewart Ma gee lute Friday took under advisement, for :i ruling at 10 a. m. Tuesday, a motion by Utornev Morris H!' Ch.-iin. to dis- : district attorney's office, repre- | miss charges against Ruby Bonnie Ward. 18. of being an accessory in the March It; slaying of Benjamin Grant of Belridgc. The motion was made after the sen ted by Deputy District Baker, bad called Joseph Messen- ' Miner. Taft truck driver, and Vir- j ginia Dieter, stenograpbic reporter ! for the distri,-t attorneVs offi,-e. to ; testifv for the state at Miss Ward's , preliminarv hearing. j . • . , . . is Cham's Argument ^ Chain argued that the district at- , torneys off.ee could prosecu,.- Mes- : sen ehner on the accessory charg,'. j lf lf '; m : ld ,. ll : >ld ., >ISS ." X : in1 ' "'''aid. a a contended that neither were guilty of this charge because they committed committed no affirmative act in connection connection with the crime. He also said HUH Messc-nlehnrr could be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, since be permitted the two boys and two ! I girls to stay at his house in Tafl i ' for four days, until they were apprehended apprehended by officers. To take this case before a jury, i with no more evidence than luis been | presented against Bonnie Ward, i strikes uie as ridiculous," Chain said. Tells of Threat In his testimony. Messenlehner i said that Miss Ward had told him that if he gave out any information to police, "it will be too had for you." This remark by Miss Ward was substantiated by Mrs. Dieter when she read from the statement taken from Bonnie Ward by the district district attorney's office shortly after the youths were apprehended. Messenlehner's testimony corresponded corresponded to that lie gave at earlier hearings, when Robert Duane Kelly, 17, and Wiiymond Wendell Morgan. 24. were held for trial on charges of murder in the fatal shooting.