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charged, but. now afraid to go
DEATH INTERFERES IN
THE McNAMARA TRIAL
Numerous Persons Concerned in
Case Have Lost Lives or Rela-
tives. Since Trial Began ;An-
other Juror Excused No Sesr
sion Toddy t
Los Angeles, Cal:, Nov. ll.
Because Judge Bordwelf- was
compelled tojiear developments
nr'a'big' civil case involving"the
ownership of harbor 'lands, no
sessions in the McNamara mur
der trial waheld't6day Coun
sel for "both sides ,'sperit 'the day
going oVer- the records bf" venire
men still eligible for 'service. It
"is now considered ceVtaitftHat the
judge wijr'finally excuselAlexari
der GrebKng, passed for-causfe by
both sides yesterday," because he
insists he cannot conviction cir
cumstantial evidence . where the
death penalty is involved This
will ltfave three permanent and
three tenative. jurors in the box.
Despite this, Attorney "Darrow
and District Attorney Fredricks
unite in declaring the jury wuTbe
completed' by-the mrddle of next
moutjpat.the latest, -r -'
The" 'certain fatality -winch
seems "to "be following the' -trial
and whiqh.ls preventing the' se
curing of a jury is vcausrngVthe
superstitious much concern.
After Juror Mendenhall had been
accepted. and sworn, his mother
was stricken with patalysis, forc-
r the-court. . to. discharsre.him.
nently satisfactory all concern-1
ed, notified the court that his qon
dition wassiich that he could pot,
serve. He was suffering from
heart disease, and the court final
ly had to discharge him,
Today word reached here that,
Henry Sexton, brother of J, B.
Sexton, .the I only t one of' thr.ee
jurors1 who hasa possible, chance
of remaining in the box, is dying
of consumption in Arizonat. Other
brothers left here today to brin.g
him, h'omelto die. For many years v
he was official reporter in depart
ment' 1, superior court herean'd
heand J. B. Sexton are deep' jy" at-,
tached to each other.
Judge. Bordwell is deeply con
cerned. He will make artanje
nients for Juror Sexton to yiisifc
his 'brother., but it is believed,
when the 'juror knows the truth,
which will be kept from him un
til it i absolutely necessary that
he he told, Jie will demand to be
The latest developments are di
recting attention to -the peculiar,
chain of fatalities that lias seem-'
ingly followed this-case since, the
arrests of the McNamaras in In
dianapolis. ' Detective Burns
men Were close on the track' of v
Kaplin, alleged accomplice, tq
McNafnaras, when he was re
ported to .have "died in Mexico.
Now sickness and death seems to
be stalking among the veniremen
called-upon -to pass on the case'
Grand Jury Investigating
"McNamara "Case, in Recess
Ind., JSFov, 11.-4.
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