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BOTH SIDES READY FOB OF BE01HER SHOWING of sketch 'Washington of by decorations party the with a at BY BOnTOK DAVIS, Stuff Corre«pondc*t of Th« New*. Liberty. Tex., Feb. 21.--H. M. (Tinker) Boyd. charged with murder murder after the killing of Mra. McShano last June in a house Boyd's-land near Fostorla. will be tried during this term of The next term starts in Ui6 first week of August When the case was called in ninth district, court this afternoon. B. W. Love, defense attorney oi Cleveland, asked for a continuance, since C. II. Hightower of Houston, retained as 'another defense counsel, was ill. and two material witnesses, J. M. Cadenhead ot Fostoria and John Ross, were absent- The case cf Sam Boyd. younger brother of Tinker, was called. state and defense announced ready and selection of the jury began. Tinker's bond was reduced Sept 4 by Judge Hanry from J20.000 $10.000 after a habeas -corpus hearing. hearing. Tinker made bond. He was released again cm the continuance this afternoon. On Aug. 30 the grand jury indicted Tinker and Sam spacately. charging each with murder. Sam Boyd is being defended by F. O. Fuller of Houston, speaker of--the house in the thirty-fifth legislature. legislature. District Attorney Chap Cain is representing theftstate. At 6 o'clock tonight state and defense, attorneys, after conferring with witnesses for two hours, announced announced they were ready for the Sam Boyd trial. Mr, Fuller, for. defense,' made one stipulation: he would, go oh with the trial Mr. and Mrs. John Salter.were produced as witnesses. This couple formerly liver near the McShane and testified at the examining trial of Tinker Boyd. - . Sheriff Allen Wheat assured the court that he 'had already made arrangements to get the Saltera t«i Liberty from New Willard.- Polk County, by tpniorrow morning. "Well, I don't want to hold men over night" Judge Manry forty veriiremen and about the number.of witnesses, who. were .the courtroom; with a few dozen onlookers. "Report at 9 o'clock tomorrow tomorrow morning, and fall not, or there'll be doings.". · In the two cases of Tinker and- Sam Boyd there were 105 subpenas, thirty-five of them being on persons persons summoned in both caaes.'-mak- ing a troop of seventy who were supposed to have appeared in court today for the calling of the cases. The courtroom was almost filled the ventremen and witnes»es alone- Tomorrow afternoon, when -.testimony -.testimony is expected to start, the courtroom will doubtless be packed t o th« transoms. . . . - · _ WM Gi lieiwtiue Harder.' The murder of Annie McShan the most gruesome chapter in the annals of Liberty County. v John Burkett, her father, on a warm Sunday, afternoon, June 18. last year, walked.over to the In the piney woods occupied by daughter Annie and her children, one 3 years old and a baby of months. For several days he had not heard from her and he feared she was ill : As he. approached the I frame shanty along the' woods trail -led - there · froin- 1 the sawmill-town, Fostoria. he called oat to her. was no answer save a humming though a giant -hive of gees swarming. It was the bumming thousands of flies, which surro'unded tlie old man as he came up on gallery. At the sound of his step there came the weak wail of a In terror. John Burkett. his heart in his mouth, plunged through the door. There on the bed was the decomposed body of his daughter Annie. Crawling on the floor toward toward him was his 3-year-old grandson, with eyes nearly closed by bites of--flies. Lying besides the corpse was the baby, too weak to wail; besmeared and bitten horribly. horribly. . . . John Burkett seized the two children and half ran back up the He took the babies to his wife their home, nearly four miles away, and summoned the law. . They buried,the body in a'hurried- ly dug grave in the woods late afternoon, after officers had taken notes on the mute evidence of crime. . . . ,, AmM'Di Made. · Cm the following Friday H. M. Boyd, known as Tinker Boyd. arrested at his home in Fostoria, where he lived with his wife 12-year-old son. Sam Boyd. his younger brother, was held as a

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 22 Feb 1923, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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