Trial of President McKiley’s [sic] Murderer
The trial of Leon F. Czolgosz, charged
with the murder of President McKinley, was commenced before Judge
White in the Supreme Court at Buffalo on Monday. District Attorney
Penny and his first assistant Haller for the prosecution. Ex-Judges
Titus and Lewis and Attorney Ladd appeared for the defendant.
When Czolgosz was charged with the
crime of murder he replied “guilty.”
The plea was not accepted by Judge
White and a plea of “not guilty” entered as perscribed [sic]
The jury was drawn without much delay
and is as follows:
Frederick V. Lauer, plumber, Buffalo.
Richard J. Garwood, builder, Buffalo.
Henry W. Wendt, manufacturer, Buffalo.
Silas Carmer, farmer, Clarence.
James S. Stygall, Jr., plumber, Buffalo.
William Loton, farmer, Eden.
Walter E. Everett, blacksmith, Buffalo.
Ben C. Ralph, bank cashier, Buffalo.
Samuel P. Waldow, farmer, Alden.
Andrew J. Smith, butter and egg dealer, Buffalo.
Joachim H. Mertens, boot and shoe dealer, Buffalo.
Robert A. Adams, contractor, Buffalo.
The physicians in attendance on
the president after the shooting and other witnesses were examined
and taking testimony was continued yesterday. The recital of the
testimony is similar to what appeared in the newspapers at the time
of the shooting.
The prosecution finished its case
with the testimony of Superintendent of Police Bull yesterday afternoon.
Counsel for the defense arose and
stated that they had no testimony to present. Ex-judge Lewis asked
that they be allowed to address the jury, which was granted.
Ex-Judge Lewis addressed the jury
for twenty minutes and was followed by District Attorney Penny who
spoke for eighteen minutes. Judge White’s charge was a model of
impartiality, was dignified and most impressive. He spoke for twenty
minutes. The jury retired and in thirty-five minutes returned a
verdict of guilty.
Czolgosz heard the verdict with indifference.
He will be sentenced to-day. He will have an opportunity to speak
before he is sentenced, and says now that he will do so.
The father, brother and sister of
the assassin arrived in Buffalo, yesterday.