Offences: Theft > grand larceny; Killing > murder
Verdicts: Guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty
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Francis Nicholson Indicted for stealing a Watch vallued at twenty-two shillings from Robert Johnson of the Parish of St. Margarets Westminster , the manner thus, he coming into his Shop offered to sell a Watch which he said he had bought, and by reason it was broak was not willing to go to the charge of mending it upon which, the Prosecutor bought it; but not looking well about him the Prisoner had stolen another from him, upon which Indictment he was found Guilty .
A second Indictment was preferred against him and one George Granger , for the Murthering of one John Dimblebe , Servant to Mr. Marriot of Hampton-Court where the Murther was Committed , the manner of which barbarous exploit was thus; according to the Confession of Nicholson that Granger upon some falling out between him and the Deceased had bidden him fourty shillings to Murther him, and something else not named; whereupon he consented to undertake the Villanous Exploit, and at convenient times made three several Attempts, but his Heart failed him, and as often he told Granger of the same, who encouraged him as he said, upon which, the fourth time following him into a dark Room on the sixteenth of September lost, in the Evening, he being a Carpenter