, who was shot last Monday by James Stater, expired at his residence on 17th street, near Venable
, on Tuesday night. An inquest was held yesterday by Acting Coroner Sanxay
, and several witnesses were examined, but no facts of interest were elicited beyond those already published, except that Mr. Clarke
stated after he was shot that there was no altercation between them.
, who was present at the time and had a finger shot off by the discharge which wounded Clarke
, made a statement to the effect that he and Slater
started out that morning for a day's pleasure, and took several drinks before reaching Clarke's house, and his impression was that both were very drunk when they went in. He remembered nothing that occurred there previous to the shooting.
The pistol was his own, and he was totally ignorant of the way in which it got into Slater
He did not know who fired, and in fact, seemed to know very little about the circumstance, except that Slater
and himself were in an advanced stage of drunkenness.
Others, however, who saw them directly afterwards, expressed the opinion that they were by no means intoxicated, though they might have been drinking.
The jury rendered as their verdict that William Clarke
came to his death by a ball from a pistol, shot by James Slater
, but, from the evidence, they could not say whether it was a premeditated or malicious act, but would leave the test to another tribunal.
The examination of Slater
will take place before the Mayor
on the 13th inst.