Oklahoma criminal reports Volume 12

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt : …

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt : . . . irresponsible in law, for the commission of the homicide. The testimony of the defendant as a witness in his own behalf was substantially as follows : “Q. Will you tell the jury why you did? A. I killed her because it seemed that God told me to kill her, and I couldn’t help it. . Did you believe you were doing anything wrong to kill her? A. I thought I was doing right to kill her. It. You heard your wife testify about your attempting to commit suicide? A. Yes, sir. “Q. How came you to do that? A. I just got tired and wanted to get away, couldn’t stay away from her here, she would not let me stay away from her. She threatened my wife and my wife’s life. “Q. And you believed you were doing right to kill her? A. Yes, sir. ” Upon his cross examination the defendant was asked questions and gave answers as follows : “Q. And you think you would have done the wrong thing not to have killed her? A. Yes, sir. “Q. Then you understand the difference between right and wrong? A. No, sir, not on that, I thought I ought to have killed her, I think so yet. “Q. Well, now are you insane? A. No, sir. Opinion of the Court. “Q. Was God telling you to choke that woman in the Elro Hotel? A. Told me to kill her, not choke her. He seemed to tell ‘ me to kill her. Something said to kill all the time. “Q. God told you to make her give you $400. 00? A. N 0, sir, didn’t mention anything about $400. 00. “Q. Are you conscious now of all that is transpiring today in this trial? A. Yes, sir. “Q. All that happens? A. Yes, sir. “Q. And have known all the time? A. Yes, sir. ” One or two witnesses testified as to acts, conduct and declarations, of the defendant tending to show that. . .

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