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;you shot your dying HUSBAND in the BACK,"
ANSWER OF STATE TO GERTRUDE PATTERSON
Denver, Colo., Nov. 23. "Shot
in the back!"
That is the answer of , the pros
ecution to Gertrude Gibson Pat
terson's plea that she acted in de
fense of her life when she killed
her husband, "Chick" Patterson.
' Special Prosecutor Horace G.
Benson harped on these words all
day long during the trial today.
He brought them up with each
successive witness, and with each
time the words came up, Mrs.
'Patterson seemed to shrink a lit
tle more in her chair. .
But she is still certain she will
He acquitted. She was smiling
when she entered the courtroom
" "Why these men will neyer
convict me for murder '" she said,
as she glanced once more at the
jury, of twelve young married
men. "Never in the world!"
A. B. Shug'art is the principal
witness for the prosecution. He
is the carpenter who was working
in his shop when the shooting oc
curred, and who looked around
and saw the end.
Shugart "was put through a
grilling cross-examination by the
defense today. But he remained
unshaken in his story.
He said he was working in his
carpenter shop September 25 last,
when he heard two shots from the
direction of the home of E. B.
"I looked out, and saw a man
rii his knees. He was on the side
Walk, just besidca big pillar. He
V-as crying "Oh, my God.
"And a woman was standingiat
his back, and she had a revolver
in her hand, and she was taking
deliberate aim at his back.
"I hollered, "Don't shoot," and
as I hollered, she fired the third
"The man's knees gave out
from under him", and he fell on
his face. I never saw him move
"I ran toward them. As I ran,
the woman leaned over the man.
I called again, and the woman
tan into the Hendrie yard.
"I turned the man over. He
was gasping. I think he tried to
say something to me, but he
could not speak. I found a re
volver under his body."
Shugart then identified the re- -
! volver held out to him "by Special
"That is the one," he said. It
was the revolver Mrs. Patterson
borrowed from George Strain
two days before the shooting.
The doctors testified today.
They said that Patterson only
116 pounds at the time of his
death. They said one lung was
eaten away by tuberculosis, and
the other full of abscesses. They
said they did not think he could
have lived for more than two
weeks, had he not been shot.
Prosecutor Benson introduced
their testimony to show that Mrs.
Patterson's statement that her
husband mistreated her is false
He says Patterson was too weak
to show cruelty to a stro.ng wo
man like his wife.' - "'
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