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Mail Tribune 100

March 9, 1915

The jury in the Loris Martin case at 2:50 this afternoon returned a verdict of not guilty, after five hours' deliberation.

Sympathizers of Martin in the courtroom at the time of the returning of the verdict clapped their hands and were ordered out by the court. The defendant was visibly affected and shook hands in joy with relatives and friends. The following compounded the jury: George Lyman, Gold Hill, farmer; B.M. Clute, Applegate, farmer; John Mitchell, Meadows, farmer; W.L. Van Houten, Gold Hill, farmer; J.C. Godlove, Perrydale, farmer; G.W. Ross, Talent, farmer; E.F. Jacobs, Talent, farmer; W.E. Stahler, Central Point, retired; W.A. Stratton, Talent, farmer; Ray E. Wilson, Medford, farmer; Fred J. Fick, Jacksonville, merchant.

The closing arguments were made Tuesday morning in the trial of Loris Martin, accused of the murder of Game Warden A.S. Hubbard, and the deliberations of the jury began at 10:30 o'clock. Judge F.M. Calkins from the bench read a 5,000 word prepared instructions covering every legal phase of what the court referred to "as an eventful case in the history of the community, and the state of Oregon."

Three Verdicts

Three forms of verdict were given the jury, second-degree murder, the highest possible punishment given by the state statutes, manslaughter, and acquittal. The court in its instructions said that the gist of the defense lay in whether Martin believed from the manner of Hubbard that his life was in danger, and that he shot in self-defense under the belief that his life was in great danger. The reading of the instructions occupied half an hour. They seemed favorable to the defense.

Pronounced Own Fate

"Loris Martin pronounced there on the trial that December day, after he shot Hubbard, his own fate. 'There he lies, he did me dirt — I'll spend the rest of my days in the penitentiary. I might as well blow my brains out,' were his first words after the tragedy. I submit to you gentlemen of the jury, were they the words of a man who shot in self-defense? The firing of the bullet was the climax of four years of hate that this defendant had nursed in his heart against Hubbard.

"I ask this jury to hold no prejudice against game wardens. The laws they enforce were made by you. They should be upheld the same way you would uphold any other law."