Thomas James.
24th May 1694
Reference Numbert16940524-22
VerdictNot Guilty

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Thomas James was Tried for the Murther of one Francis Griffin , on the 6th of April last, by giving him a Blow with a Broomstick upon the left side of his Head, which gave him such a Bruise, that he died the 8th of May following . A Quarrel hapned betwixt them about striking a Horse, and James was seen to fling the Stick at the Deceased's Head, upon which he fell down; and afterwards his head being search'd by a Surgeon, it was found broke, and a great depression was made upon the Scull, of which he languished and died. The Stick was but a small Stick, and probably he might receive the wound by the Fall; for he fell down (his Foot slipping) against a Stair-Case, and no one saw the Stick cut his Head. Upon the whole he was acquitted .

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