David Anderson, Sarah Morris.
3rd July 1695
Reference Numbert16950703-20
SentenceDeath; Death > respited for pregnancy

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David Anderson of the Parish of St. Mary Matfellon alias Whitechappel , Labourer , and Sarah Morris of the same place, Spinster , were indicted for Murthering one John Jefferson on the 20th day of May last, with a Rapier, value 2 s. and giving him one mortal Wound of the breadth of half an Inch, and the depth of four Inches, of which he instantly died . It appeared, That Morris and Anderson came into an Ale-house where Jefferson was, and brought a piece of Beef, and had it drest with Coleworts. Morris brought Jefferson some meat upon a Trencher, which he refused, and she attempted to stab him with a Knife; and he took up a Stick and struck her cross the Loyns; then she fetcht Anderson down Stairs, and she catcht hold on Jefferson on the right side, took the Stick from him, and held him whilst Anderson run his Sword into him upon the left side, near the Pap, so that he instantly died. They were both found guilty .

They were a second time indicted upon the Statute of Stabbing, for that Jefferson having nothing in his hand, and not having struck first Anderson was found guilty, and Morris not guilty.

[Anderson: Death. See summary.]

[Morris: Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

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