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 - tree-pans; NOT GUILTY. I. FRAXK8MITII A FREE...
tree-pans; NOT GUILTY. I. FRAXK8MITII A FREE J1A.1 , ' ' He la AtMjaitte mt the dsarxe t 9f arderlar II in nrther-Ia- nrther-Ia- nrther-Ia- nrther-Ia- Law. Tkaa. Kellers, by m Jary of Ilia Cfeuatry A Seaaatiaaal Trial, Which Lasted Fear Daya A Syaepsls er the Kvldenee, Probably there has never been a crimnal case tried in Anson county that has excited mora general and id snrmd interest than has the trial of J. Frank Smith for the mur der of Thomas B Sellers, his brother in. law. There are several reasons why this should be so, chief among them being the prominence of the partys concerned and the extraordinary extraordinary and, in a sense, unusual alleged provocation of the homicide. This ease was set for trial last Friday morning before His Honor, Judge Norwood, but it wasjnot until the afternoon session of the court that it was taken up, other business consuming tbe time oi toe court during the morning hours. Tbe calling up of the case Friday afternoon precipitated the first legal and intellectual battle between tbe Solictor and Maj. J. D. Shaw, of Rrtckioguam, representing the State, and Judge Bennett aud Messrs, J. A. Lockbart, R. E. Little, L. D. Robinson Robinson and J. T. Bennett, the prisoner's counsel. The State payed a removal of the case to some other county Ju the district on the ground that news paper reports of -the -the homicide, and the unusual favors extended the prisoner by officers of the law had so poisoned the minds of the people that a fair trial of the case could uol be had in Anson. This position was fortified by the reading of affidavits signed by W. B. Sellers, J. T. More, W. H. Odom, J. S. Odom, R. ,E. Moore, W. M. Morton and perhaps others. . The prayer for removal was resist ed by prisoner's counsel, and counter affidavits were read by them tend ing to show that there was no such condition of the public mind existing as would lust if v the removal of the

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  1. The Messenger and Intelligencer,
  2. 17 Jan 1895, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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