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Mail Tribune 100, March 3, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 3, 1921

WHO’S GUILTY OF TAXI CRIME TRIAL PUZZLE

Lark Evans’ Defense Claims That Mysterious Unknown Couple Robbed and Bound Grants Pass Jitney Owner — Interest in Case Increases.

Evidence tending to show that Lark Evans, on trial in the circuit court for assault and robbery, was working in Medford during the hours the crime was committed, and that another couple committed it was introduced by the defense Wednesday afternoon and this morning.

Residents of Jacksonville testified that on the evening of September 13, 1919, a man and woman driving a bedraggled Ford stopped about 8:30 o’clock in the evening at Reter’s store in Jacksonville, bought gasoline, and left hurriedly and appeared agitated. William Kinney, former city marshal, James Wilson and J. B. Webber testified to seeing a man and woman procure the gasoline. All said the man was not Lark Evans, being short and heavy set. Ed Helms, a pioneer resident of Jacksonville, testified to selling the gasoline. Most of the witnesses did not testify at the former trial, but said they had been called by the county authorities to identify Lark Evans, as the driver of car. The car appeared for gasoline at Reter’s about the time W. G. White testified he was being bound and gagged.

Newbury Rebuked Again

D. H. Wimer, a Fort Klamath garage man, testified that the complaining witness, White, identified a Ford left at his place, as his property and A. Bennett, a resident of the same section in corroboration, testified to finding the car on the road and seeing a man and woman in it bearing a general resemblance to the persons described by the citizens of Jacksonville, but that the man was not Evans.

Attorney Newbury for the defense called Evans and Bennett to the floor and placed them back to back for comparison of height, the witness having stated that the man he saw in the Ford and had talked to was shorter than himself. Evans was a head taller than Bennett. The court ordered the two to be seated. In an attempt to impeach the testimony of Dock Barker read to the jury on account of sickness, the court rebuked Attorney Newbury, and said that further warning would not be given.

... From present indications, the final arguments by both sides will be made this afternoon, and the case go to the jury late today, or early in the morning. Much interest is being manifested in the trial and the spectators include many women.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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