Grand Jury Holds Him for Murder in First Degree.
BUFFALO, Sept. 17.—Leon Czolgosz,
alias Fred Nieman, was indicted yesterday afternoon by the grand
jury of Erie county for the crime of murder in the first degree,
in fatally shooting President McKinley at the Pan-American grounds
on Friday afternoon, Sept. 6.
The prisoner had been removed from
the Erie county penitentiary, a mile distant, to the jail, across
the street, under a heavy guard. After the indictment was reported
he was brought to the courtroom through a tunnel that connects the
city hall and the jail. The prisoner was brought in shackled to
Detectives Geary and Solomon and surrounded by a guard of police.
The crowd surged forward as he entered, but were made to resume
their seats. Czolgosz looked somewhat unkempt with a 10 days’ growth
of beard on his face. His eyes roamed about the room in short, sharp
glances, but were always downcast. He never looked the judge or
the prosecutor in the face.
The district attorney asked Czolgosz
if he had a lawyer. No answer was elicited. He was asked if he wanted
a lawyer. No answer. “You have been indicted for murder in the first
degree. Don’t you want a lawyer to defend you? Look at me and answer,”
Mr. Penney yelled at the prisoner. But he stubbornly refused to
make any response.
The district attorney then respectfully
requested Judge Emery to appoint counsel to defend the prisoner.
The judge tried to get Czolgosz to make application, but his queries
were met as stubbornly as were Mr. Penney’s. The court then appointed
Hon. Loran L. Lewis and Hon. Robert C. Titus to defend the prisoner,
stating that these men had been suggested by the Bar Association
of Erie county.
Czolgosz was then removed as he had
come. Outside the crowds surged toward the prisoner, but he was
quickly surrounded by a cordon of police under Captain Regan and
removed to the basement and thence through the tunnel to the jail.
District Attorney Penney announced
that he would immediately notify Justices Lewis and Titus and allow
them time to see the prisoner and prepare their line of defense.
The district attorney will notice the case for trial on next Monday
morning at 10 o’clock in part III of the supreme court, that being
the opening day of the September term.