Joseph Messenlehner

Holdup-slaying case explained; he testifies

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Joseph Messenlehner - Holdup-Slaying Case Ruling Set for Friday ! i...
Holdup-Slaying Case Ruling Set for Friday ! i Judge Stewart Magee will rule Friday on whether four West Side youths must stand trial on murder charges in connection with the holdup-slaying holdup-slaying March 10 of Benjamin TKARFITr-Mrs. Alta Curtis, 17, oiie of four defendants in the holdup-slaying of a Belridge service station operator, burst into tears in Justice Court Tuesday, Tuesday, when Judge Stewart Magee told her "what you need is a good spanking.'' Grant, 52-year-old Belridge service station opeartor. At the conclusion of their preliminary preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon afternoon in Sixth Township Justice Court. Judge Magee said he will rule Friday on a motion to dismiss charges against two girls in the. case. Mrs. Alfa (Mary) Curtis, 17. and Ruby Bonnie Ward. IS. He indicated, however, that ho would order both Kobert Kelley, 17. and Waymond AVendall Morgan, 24. held to answer to the higher court. Remanded to County Jail All four were remanded to the county jail without bail to await the court ruling at 10 a. in. Friday. Judge Magee told _ Mrs. Curtis that "What you probably need is a good spanking." and indicated that charges against her might be dismissed. dismissed. The 17-year-old girl burst into tears. Attorney Morris B. Chain requested requested the court to dismiss charges against both.Miss Ward and Mrs. Curtis. His request was joined by the other defendants' counsel. Wiley C. Dorris. The motion however was protested by the district attorney's attorney's office, represented by S. B. Gill. Stayed With Truck Driver Joseph Messenlehner, Taft truck driver, testified that the quartet had spent four days following the shooting in his home at Taft. and that he had been informed of the shooting about 1 a. in. Monday morning, April 17. Kelley culled me into the bathroom bathroom and told me, "I held up a man. he closed the screen door in my face, and I let him have it," Messenlehrier stated. He said he told Kelley he was a fool to shoot a man, and he said that Kelley replied, "If you open t'nminued on Page Fourteen

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  1. The Bakersfield Californian,
  2. 30 Apr 1947, Wed,
  3. Page 11

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