Camden Trial To Hear 20 Witnesses

CAMDEN (AP) – Some 20 prosecution witnesses were subpoenaed to be on hand as the aron and breach of trust trial of former Blaney School Superintendent Edward W. Shingler continued here today.

Only two witnesses were heard from Thursday and much of their testimony was stricken from the record by Judge George T. Gregory of Chester.

Shingler has pleaded innocent to charges that he set fire to the Blaney school. He made the same plea to the breach of trust charge.

The school burned after graduation exercises in June, 1956. In the ruins was found the school safe, unlocked and with school records missing.

Bob Carswell, a Camden accountant, testified he audited the school’s books the day after it burned.

Much of Carswell’s testimony was stricken after he admitted that some of his information was based on statements from Shingler himself.

Arthur H. Stokes, superintendent of Kershaw schools, also testified. Much of his testimony, however, drew objections from the defense on ground that some of the figures used were not relevant.

October 31, 1958  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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