Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 18 April 2014), July 1694, trial of John Wood (t16940711-25).

John Wood, Killing > murder, 11th July 1694.

John Wood , of the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn , was tried for killing one William Floyd a Shoemaker in Liquorpond-street with a Sword, giving him a mortal wound (on the 23d of June last) in and upon his left Thigh, near to his Groine of the depth of 8 Inches of which he died . The first Evidence to prove the Fact was Mrs Floyd, the deceased's Wife, who declared that a Quarrel happened about a pair of Shoes between Floyd and one William Davis: Davis was to give Floyd 2 s for them, by bargain at first, afterwards would give but 18 d. but this Quarrel was at last appeased; and Wood being there in the same Room, Mr Floyd and he quarrelled anew; Wood first beginning, calling him Fool, or silly Fellow, and challenged the said Floyd to box him; so they fell a boxing, and Wood had Floyd under him; then he took a Sword out of the Chimney-corner, and first struck him over the Arm, and cut his Arm; and then as he was rising off the ground, he the said Wood stabbed him into the Groin, of which he immediately died, first holding up the Lapit of his Coat, saying, Look, here is my death's wound; Lord have mercy upon me, I am a dead man; Wood, you have killed me. The Prisoner would have extenuated the Fact, and said that Floyd ran upon the point of his Sword, and called one Mr. Thomas Duncomb , who lives over against the House where the said Floyd was killed, who declared on the behalf of the Prisoner, That he see there Deceased have the Prisoner's Finger in his mouth, and he would have got from him, but Floyd held him fast; but he could not say that the Prisoner kill'd the Deceased; but he saw a Sword drawn, and that Wood gave him a blow with the Sword, but he did not see him thrust at him; The Sword was produced in Court all bloody, brought in by the Constable as a Corroborating Proof; and Mr. Ross, Father-in-law to the Deceased, swore that the Sword was the same with which Wood kill'd the man; so Mr. Duncomb declared too: The Court summed up the Evidence on both sides (for Mr. Wood had Persons in Court who gave a fair account of his Life; and no malice was proved to have been between them: So the Jury was pleased to acquit him of the Murther, but found him guilty of Manslaughter .

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