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James Kidd, murder charge 1920
Posted by: Seth Johnson (ID *****8883) Date: December 16, 2011 at 23:21:37
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From the Florence Times Jan 2, 1920:
"An Interesting trial on the alleged charge of wife murder took place Monday last in the federal building in Florence..... The accused was James Kidd, the scene of the tragedy was in the government reservation at Plant No. 2 and the charge was that he killed his wife by chocking her to death. The event occurred on the 24th of January, at about 8 o'clock after Kidd and his wife had retired to bed. At that time Kidd called his nearest neighbor to "come quick" to the tent-house in which he was living. The neighbors who quickly gathered found the woman dead. The interment took place as usual; but later on talk and suspicion arose, and still later, on the first day of February, Kidd was arrested charged with murder and placed in the Florence Jail. At trial Monday a large umber of witnesses appeared, and the accused was represented by Hoh W. H. Shaw of Tuscumbia. The drift of the testimony was that the deceased had come to her death apparently through violent means. Blue spots were found on her neck, and her head could be kept in position only by being propped up, the assumption being that her neck had been broken. Other witnesses had testified that they had seen nothing unusual in the death. The mother had given birth to a child only two weeks before her death, though was apparently in good health on the day preceding her death. The accused vehemently declared his innocence; and the testimony of all the witnesses was to the effect that the couple had lived together apparently happy and without friction."

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