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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore), chapter 86 (search)
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Inquest. --A jury of inquest was held on Saturday morning over the body of James J. Brooks, the little fellow who was shot the evening before by William Bohannon. Several witnesses were examined, but nothing new was elicited to add to what has already been published. The verdict rendered by the jury was, that the deceased came to his death from a musket ball which was shot by the said Bohannon. It is stated that at the time Bohannon shot young Brooks he was not more than five steps from him, and that the ball which passed through his skull also perforated the dress of an infant in the arms of its nurse near by. Dr. Gravat, in charge of Se the ball which passed through his skull also perforated the dress of an infant in the arms of its nurse near by. Dr. Gravat, in charge of Seabrook Hospital, desires us to state that Bohannon was employed by him in the capacity of nurse, and that if he was ever placed upon guard it was done without his knowledge or consent.
Mayor's Court, yesterday. --The case of William Bohannon, charged with shooting and killing, on Friday last, a little white boy named James J. Brooks, was sent on to the Hustings Court for examination. Mr. Crane, counsel for the accused, thought he could prove by competent witnesses that his client was mentally deficient, and therefore irresponsible in the eyes of the law for what it was alleged he had done; but the Mayor thought it was too grave a matter to dispose of so hastily, and therefore preferred that the committing court of magistrates should decide upon the case. Daniel Munn and J. R. Blankinship, soldiers, were charged with being very suspicious characters. On Monday night the front windows of the shoe store on the corner of Main and Fourteenth streets, kept by M. C. Gordon &Co., was dashed in, and soon afterwards, when the watchmen reached the spot, they found the accused near by. It was on this account that they were arrested. The Mayor was unable to detect a
Judge Lyons's Court. --This court met yesterday at half-past 10 o'clock A. M. In the matter of the habeas corpus of B. S. Robbosson, who claimed exemption from military duty on the ground that he was a Marylander, the petitioner was remanded to the military authorities, it appearing that he had resided in the State since 1859. Williamson Inge, brought in on a writ of habeas corpus, was also remanded to the reserve forces. The Grand Jury indicted the following parties for felony: William Bohannon, Joseph E. Henry, John Francis, Madison Smith, James W. Harris, Abby G. Hoeflich, Henry Reese, Joseph Kiser, John Albert and William L. Carroll. The court then adjourned.