Bethune Man On Trail For Murder At Camden Is Adjudged Not Guilty

Today’s Session Taken Up With Case Against Two Men For Assault Upon Bowen of Blaney – State vs. Watson for Death of School Teacher Is Again Postponed.

(Special to The Record.)

Camden, July 7. – The court of general sessions for Kershaw county opened here today. The usual large crowd was in town – many being attracted her on account of the several murder cases set for this term, and also on account of salesday, quite a good deal of property being sold to satisfy tax executions.

The first case called was that of Chas S. Nicholson, of Bethune, charged with the killing of Alfred Peters, several months ago. The facts as brought out in the case proved that the acted in self-defense. The negro was acting disorderly in the drug store of Dr. Holder when Nicholson remonstrated with him. The negro promptly made for his gun, but the white man was too quick and the negro was killed. Several eyewitnesses, including prominent citizens of Bethune were put on the stand and a clear case of self-defense was made out by the defendant’s attorneys, M. L. Smith and L. A. Kirkland. The jury with L. J. Jordan, as forman, was out only a few minutes when they returned with a verdict of not guilty.

The session of the court will be taken up today with the case of L. B. Sessions and T. C. Sessions charged with assault and battery with intent to kill upon the person of Bowen of Blaney.

The case of O.H. Watson on trail for the second time for the killing of Gregory, the School teacher, in the northern section of the county, was continued until the next term of the court.

The case of the Rev. Benjamin John for the murder of his Turk partner, Geo. Simon, will likely come up Wednesday of this week. This defendant is represented by G. G. Alexander, Jr., the youngest member of the Camden bar.

This case will no doubt attract a great deal of attention, owing to the peculiar circumstances surrounding the killing. The two men were missionaries from the old country and quarreled while walking the railroad, during which Simon was killed by John and his body hidden under a culvert. John at first denied the crime, but later confessed, and claims the killing was done in self-defense.

July 8, 1913  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record) 
Columbia, South Carolina
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