Offence: Killing > murder
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John Tue of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , Indicted for the Murder of William Graves . The Matter of Fact against him was, that this William Graves being a Bayliffs Follower , together with the Bayliff and three others, came to the House of John Tue, who kept an Ale house , and calling for a Pot of Drink, the Wife of the Prisoner supplied them; when as is supposed, the Prisoner suspecting them for Bayliffs, passed by the Door where they were drinking, and makes towards his Kitchin, where he armed himself with a Halbard; and they following him, shew'd him the Writ, and gave him the Word of the Arrest: but not having laid hands on him, he told them, the Word was not sufficient, for that they had not yet touched him; and come near him at their Peril; one of the Followers being more resolute than the rest, received two Wounds one through his Hand the other in his Arm; but with the Advantage of his Weapon the Prisoner drove them all clear of his Kitchin, and shut the Door to him; but they resolving to take him, broke open the said Kitchin door and enter'd a second time upon him: Graves (who was the Person that was kill'd) whilst Tue was opposing his Companions, gets in at a Back-door; which Tue espying turns suddenly about darts his Holbard at him, and wounds him under the left Pap; of which, without speaking one Word, he died: upon whose Death he was secured. Tue, the Prisoner, brought several of his Neighbours to prove his Reputation, and strove to possess the Court that they never gave him the Word of Arrest. But the same being proved by all the four Witnesses, and the Writ produced in Court, he was found Guilty of willful Murder. It is observable, That the Cause of Action against the Prisoner was no more than 4 s. and that, likewise upon Dispute between Him and the Plantiff, yet was he so desperate to attempt this fatal and execrable Action.