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Mail Tribune 100, Oct 19, 1920

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Oct 19, 1920


By a decision handed down in the state supreme court this morning, Lark Evans, held in the county jail at Jacksonville, for alleged robbery and assault is granted a new trial. The opinion of the higher court was unanimous.

Evans was convicted in the circuit court last March after a hotly contested and sensational trial. At that time Attorney Gus Newbury, counsel for Evans, made a motion for a new trial which was denied by Judge F. M. Calkins. An appeal was taken to the supreme court ... based upon newly discovered evidence. The case was urged before this body by Attorney Newbury for the defense, and Prosecutor G. M. Roberts for the state.

In seeking a new trial a large number of affidavits were introduced detailing new evidence tending to show that Lark Evans was in Medford at the hour when the crime was committed.

It is expected that Evans will face a jury again at the term of court, which begins next Monday.

No case in Jackson county has attracted as much attention as the Lark Evans case. He was accused of having kidnapped, robbed, and bound and gagged George White at that time a Grants Pass jitney driver. After the crime White was left tied in a deserted spot near Jacksonville. Evans’ wife was acquitted of being his accomplice, and has since left the city.

In the original trial the case was hotly contested, and there are no signs it will not be the same at the new trial.

Since his incarceration, Evans has been a model prisoner, and has maintained his innocence throughout. He is 23 years old. He was highly pleased with the news that he will receive another hearing.


Professor A. Kikuchi, one of the most famous authorities on fruits in Japan is spending this week at the Southern Oregon Experiment station. Professor Kikuchi is the director of the experiment station at Yokohama, Japan, where he is conducting very extensive experiments with Japanese pears. While Professor Reimer was in Japan, Director Kikuchi gave him very material assistance in traveling with him to various parts of Japan, where the wild pears of that country are most abundant.

Professor Kikuchi is undoubtedly the greatest authority in Japan on Japanese pears. He is vitally interested in the extensive experiments with pears conducted at the Southern Oregon Experiment station and will spend the week studying the work at this station.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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