Leon C. Czolgosz, alias Fred Nieman,
has been indicted by the Erie County Court grand jury for the crime
of murder in the first degree, in fatally shooting President William
McKinley at the Temple of Music in the Pan-American exposition grounds
at 4:15 o’clock on the afternoon of September 6.
When arraigned before Judge Edward
K. Emery, in the County Court, the prisoner stubbornly refused to
answer questions repeatedly asked him by District Attorney Penney
as to whether he had counsel or wanted counsel. The district attorney
then suggested that, inasmuch as the defendant refused to answer,
counsel should be assigned.
Judge Emery assigned Hon. Loran L.
Lewis, and Hon. Robert C. Titus, former Supreme Court justices,
of Buffalo, whose names had been suggested by the Erie County Bar
Czolgosz is of medium height, of fairly
good build and has light curly hair, but a ten-days’ growth of beard
on his face gave him an unkempt appearance. Apparently he feigned
insanity, but not stupidity, and his glance roamed about, but his
eyes were always downcast. Not once did he look the county prosecutor
or the judge in the face.