Offence: Killing > murder
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Charles Hughes was Indicted for Feloniously and Wilfully Murdering his Wife one Susannah Hughes , giving her one mortal wound near the Right Pap on the 2d of March last, with a Pistol, of the breadth of a quarter of an Inch, and of the depth of 4 Inches, of which She died on the 7th Instant . The Evidence was very clear against him, and declared, That he shot off the Pistol in the Passage between the Temple and White-Fryars, and that the Woman said that the Prisoner was her Husband, and had gave her the wound aforesaid. And he being asked the Reason why he shot at his Wife, he answered, because she gave him very abusive language, which he was not able to bear. But upon his Tryal made a very plausible Defence, but very little material, only said, that his Wife called him Highway-man, and then he shot off his Pistol, but said withal he shot it against the ground. All which did not satisfie the Court, but he was at last found guilty of wilful Murder also.