Mercy Saves -Him.
Leonard Nolte was saved from the electric chair by a recommendation for mercy. He had a fair trial, a good jury, and must now pay the penalty for his misdeeds. The jury was out less than three hours and during this inter- val supper was served to them. It re¬ quired three ballots to reach a unani¬ mous verdict, Leonard Nolte wilt now serve the balance of his life in W>& State penitentiary.
The trial of Leonard Nolte, charged with murder, occupied but little at¬ tention among the people of this vicin¬ ity. The man slain in the line of Ms duty at Graytown, was known to but few of our people. The accused had no acquaintances at all in this county. The witnesses, with the exception of two, were all residents of other places. About 30 witnesses were summoned by the State and defense. The testi¬ mony was all in by Wednesday shortly after dinner. //'-P7-/f/f
The testimony for the State consist¬ ed of officials of the railroad and To¬ ledo police officials. The record of the defendant was, and is, bad. He serv¬ ed time in the Mansfield Reformatory and in the Ohio penitentiary. He ia the man whom the State claims was captured and handcuffed by Offices Boss the night Boss was shot. They claim that he had marks on his wrista left by the handcuffs when arrrested a day or two later, at Delta. Nolta toot the stand in his own behalf and swore that the marks on his wrists wsra made by ropes in putting up awnings. He denied that he was the man wanted and swore that he was at home in bed when the tragedy was enacted at Gray¬ town. His mother and sister swore to the same effect.
The State does not claim that Nolt* fired the shot, that he was part of the gang of train robbers who got mixed up in the fight with the New York: Central detectives at that time. Hence he was an accomplice to the murder.
The officers who testified for the State were: Capt. Haas and Robert Bartley of the Toledo police force; Lieut. Burch, Detectives Ramsey, Hutter, Beaner, of Elyria, and Murry of Cleveland,
Prosecuting Attorney Allyn made the opening -argutoear for the State Wednesday afternoon, The argument for the defendant commenced immed¬ iately after the Prosecutor's argument. Mr, Allyn made the closing argument and the jury was given the case at 4:45, At 7:30 they were ready to report and attorneys and the prisoner were sum¬ moned to the court room to hear tea verdict.
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