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 - CHANDLER TO BE FIRST TO BEGIN FIGHTJOR LIFE...
CHANDLER TO BE FIRST TO BEGIN FIGHTJOR LIFE Four Prisoners Indicted In GuardY Slaying Plead Not Guilty TO START NOV. 14 Williams, Probaski, Allen Face Court In Sue- . cessive Weeks y Merrill Elza Chandler, 26-year- old colored Ohio State reformatory inmate, will go on trial Monday, Nov. 14, on a charge of first degree murder, ' He pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Judge C H. Huston In common pleas court today for the murder of Guard Frank, B4 Hanger, Mt. Vernon, who died Oct. 6 of wounds sustained Oct. 2. Plea of not guilty also were en tered by Charles Williams, 20, Chester Probaski, 25, and Jamee Allen, 20, colored, all charged withi nrst degree murder in connection with the slaying of the guard, who ' died four days after an attempt- ed prison break at the reformatory in which the four men are said to have been Involved. Defendants Handcuffed The four accused men were brought into the eouitroom handcuffed In pairs, in charge of Sheriff Walter Underwood, Deputy Sheriffs Emmett P. Long, Glenn Freeman and Frank Roblson, and E. C. Fuller, superintendent of Identification at the Ohio State re-' formatory. Following preliminary interrogation by the court as to whether the accused men understood the nature of the indictments against them, Chandler, Williams. Probaski and Allen pleaded not a-uilty. . . . cials to grant Chandler's request. Wants Te Defend Self Probaski, when interrogated con cerning- counsel, said, "I am not familiar with legal nrocedure. bur. I wish to act as my, own counsel." Judge Huston, when Questioned later, said he expected to appoint counsel for Probaski unless the defendant procures his own attorney before the trial opens. The court then fixed these dates for the openings of the trials of the three other defendants: Charles Williams. Monday. Nov.. 21 at a.m. Chester Probaski. Monday. Nov.. 28 at 9 a.m. Jamea Allen, Monday, Dec. S, at 9 a.m. Williams Haa Counsel Williams told the court he has employed counsel. Allan ramiatH that he be permitted to get in 1 touch with relatives before be decides whether he will ask the court to appoint counsel to represent him. Judge Huston explained that the hearing's of the four men facing the first degree murder, charge must be separate, according to the : state statutes. Drawing of the first special venire of from 63 to 75 pros, pective Jurors will take place soon, Mrs. Ella Florena Thompson, 89, (Continued n Page Column X, Asitea Dy tne court whether he had funds with which to employ counsel, Chandler said he would like to communicate with his relatives in - Urbancrest, Franklin county,- before answering, The" v court Instructed reformatory offl- J

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  1. News-Journal,
  2. 18 Oct 1932, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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