Owen Hester pt 1

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Owen Hester pt 1 - The Alibi. Luke Richardson testified to oelng...
The Alibi. Luke Richardson testified to oelng in Captain McLaughlin's saloon at Ashland with Heater the evening before the murder at the time Kelly alleged Hester was in Thomas Donohue'a saloon, planning the robbery and murder of Rea. Richardson was corroborated by other witnesses. John Cannon was also called to the stand. He swore to having a conversation with Kelly when Thomas Donohue was being tried upon a charge ol being one of the murderers of Rea at the May term of the Columbia county court in 18W; Kelly asked him if he (Cannon) would swear to what he knew to be false in order to clear a man who waa on trial and in danger of being hung. . Cannon said he would not swear falsely In such a case, when the bum said he would swear to anything so as to save his friends. Owen Hester, a brother of Patrick, testified to his brother being in La Salle just after the killing of Kea. this rally corroborates the letter produced by the prosecution on Wednesday, which was identified as being in Hester's handwriting. In this lettor reference was made to some crime which the writer bad committed and wanted his family to let him know if a search was being made lor him. Helen He6tcr, daughter of the prominent prl- imun, i luk) iHwuri v i ummiw . i J UM4 u. J4 'XHI V to approach the witness stand with fear and treuv pnrig. rne swore mat tier mtnerwa at. homonn

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  1. The Philadelphia Inquirer,
  2. 19 Feb 1877, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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