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Moulinie Tells Jury
He Had No Intention
Of Killing Friend
By the Associated Press.
GEORGETOWN, Del., Dec. 3.
—Army Warrant Officer Carl
“Frenchy” Moulinie, on trial for his
life, denied on the witness stand to
day that he intentionally killed Tus
close friend. Warrant Officer John
H. Worthington of Washington, and
declared he held the death pistol in
his hand only because Worthington
had threatened to strangle his pret
ty wife, Elaine Brown Worthing
ton. 25.
The testimony was offered on ex
amination by Defense Counsel James
M. Tunnell, jr., on the second day of
Moulinie's trial on a charge of first
degree murder. The State charges
the 38-year-old defendant killed
Worthington in the latter’s Re
hoboth Beach home November 4,
soon after Warthington learned
Moulinie had been intimate with
Mrs. Worthington.
Says Couple Quarreled.
Moulinie said he had never had
''angr>r words’’ w’ith Worthington
and related that, just before the
shooting, Worthington and his wife
had quarreled and Worthington had
told him ' I’m going to squeeze the
life out of her with my hands.”
"Why did you take the gun out of
your pocket?” Mr. Tunnell asked.
"I had seen that Mrs. Worthing
ton had pretty good control over
him with the gun in her hand.” he
replied, apparently referring to Mrs.
Worthington's previous testimony
that, on the night of the killing, she
prevented Worthington from ap
proaching her by threatening to
shoot him in the legs.
”My purpose was to scare him be
cause he had said he was going to
Shown during trial recess.
kill her with his bare hands and I i
didn't want him to hurt her,”
Moulinie said.
“1 was gesticulating with the gun
and it went off and wa.s snatched
out of my hands by the recoil.
Bullet Lodged in Ceiling.
“At that moment I didn't even
know Johnny had been hit. I heard
Mrs. Worthington scream and.cry,
‘What happened?'—and at the same
time point to the ceiling.'’
The bullet passed through Worth
ington’s head and lodged in the
“I saw where a piece of the ceil
ing had been chipped.' Moulinie
testified. “Johnny was lying on the
floor. I still didn't know he had
been struck. I ran after Mrs.
Worthington, who had dashed out
on the porch and seemed to be
fainting. Then I came back in the
room, went to Johnny's body. I saw
blood on the floor. I looked at him.
and then for the first time realized
he was beyond help."
Moulinie denied Mrs. Worthing
Morton's Trial Halted
By His Refusal to
Leave Cell Block
The trial of John Walter Morton.
39. on a charge of second-degree
murder was delayed today when
Assistant United States Attorney!
John P. Burke reported Morton had
refused to leave the cellblock in the
District Court Building. Morton
said he was too ill to go into court.
Dr. Richard M. Rosenberg, deputy
coroner, was sent to determine the
man's condition and Chief Justice
Edward C. Eichner of District Court
excused the jury until this after
The Government planned to close
Its case with the testimony of a park
policeman on the appearance of a
Rock Creek Park picnic site when
the battered body of Mrs. Grace G.
Grubbs. 57-year-old stenographer,
was found there. Morton is charged
with beating her to death.
Detective Sergt. Robert V. Murray
testified yesterday that Morton,
shortly after his arrest, had ad
mitted going into the park with the
Miss Minnett Sherman, 3239
Davenport street N.W.; youthful
Navy Yard employe, identified Mor
ton as the man in a bloody shirt
and in a drunken condition who
boarded a bus near lhe Tilden street
entrance of Rock Creek Park on the
Satuiday night of the murder,
Henry Friedman, laboratory man
for the FBI. recounted blood tests
made on Mrs. Grubbs' skirt and the
blood-stained polo snirt found by
police in Morton's room. He said
the stains on both garments were
made by blood of the same group.
Morton's blood has not- been typed,
as a prisoner need not submit to a
blood test. But blood from another
group was found in the laboratory
on Morton's shorts. Mr. Friedman
testified. There was a cut on Mor
ton's hand when he was arrested,
earlier witnesses testified.
Mr. Friedman also testified that
samples of dirt found in Morton's
closet, were of the same type of
earth as the samples taken from the
Rock Creek picnic site.
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ton's previous testimony that after
: the shooting he led her into the
kitchen and instructed her to say
that it was accidental.
Mrs. Worthington testified yes
terday the shooting followed a quar
rel that ended with a crv by Mou
linie—“don't do it, Johnny, I'll
: shoot you."
Earlier. Mr. Tunnel challenged
Mrs. Worthington's right to take the
stand, saving:
, “The defense challenges thus wit
ness and her ability to testify under
oath because she does not believe in
future rewards and punishments, in
the Bible or in God."
Th» court permitted her to be
sworn, however, when she said she
regarded an oath as "binding on my
conscience.’’ Previously, she said. “I I
do not believe an oath is binding
[Simply because I place my hand on
; the Bible." j
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Of 20 Years to Life
For Slaying Wife
Jeffries Henry, 36. former police
man at the White House, today
awaited a sentence of 20 years to
life for wife murder. A jury in Dis
trict Court late yesterday brought
back a verdict of second-degree
murder shortly after a woman
prosecutor, arguing a capital case
for the first time in the history of
the District,, had asked for & con
viction In the first degree.
The tall, wavy haired defendant
sat imperturbably as the verdict
was announced. Taken out at the
judge's direction to remand the
prisoner, Henry left behind him on
the edge of the counsel table, “J.
Henry” scratched in large letters
in the varnish with his thumbnail.
The jury of ten men and two
' women was out for 1 hour and 15
' minutes.
; Mrs. Grace Stiles, assistant United
States attorney, made the closing
■ argument for the Government.
Henry was not insane, she told the
jury. A psychiatrist had testified
that he was a psychopath, she said,
but that was a term embracing
most criminals. Henry had wrecked
the lives of the women he married
and some who had not bothered
about marriage, she said. She spoke j
of the man's first wife, mother of
four children, who finally divorced;
him; of Lola Jane, the second wife
and murder victim, who had gone
beck to work to enable him to make
his bad checks good, and of the two
young women he married biga
mouslv this spring, shortly before
the murder. The last, she said,
"must have thought this man al
most twice her age a Don Juan
from Hollywood.”
In charging the jury, Justice
Matthew M. McGuire defined legal
insanity in criminal cases. J. Ber
nard Flaherty, defense counsel, had
emphasized insanity as a defense.
"This is the law." said Justice
McGuire, "if a person does not
know right from wrong—good from
evil, or knowing them cannot decide
between them, he is injane.”
De Marigny Plans fo Sail
For Cuba With Wife Today
By the Associated Press.
NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec. 3.—Al
fred de Marigny planned to sail to
day for Havana, Cuba, carrying out
the request of the Bahamas officials
that he leave the island after his
recent acquittal of the murder of
'Sir Harry Oakes, his father-in-law
His wife Nancy is expected to ac
company him, but may make the
! journey by air, stopping at Miami.
De Marigny also has permission tc
enter Haiti should he decide to gc
there later.
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