John Butterick.
9th December 1696
Reference Numbert16961209-26
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Butterick of the Parish of St Giles in the Fields , was Indicted for the Murder of Mary Horton Spinster , on the 30th of October last, by giving her one mortal Wound with a Pistol value 5 s. laden with a leaden Bullet, into the Fore-head of the Deceased, of which she Died . the Prosecutor deposed, That going to a Butcehrs she bought a Leg of Mutton, and whilst she was talking shith the Butcher and holding her Daughter by the Arm, the Prisoner shot off the Pistol, and the Deceased's Brains fell upon her hands; there came one to the Prisoner and told him, that he had killed the Girl , with that he replied, that he did hope not so: The Prisoner said, that he had no Malice against her, and when he did discharge the Pistol he held the Muzzle downwards to the Ground, and that the Bullet grazed and killed her, and could not help it: he called Witnesses to prove the same; and it appearing to be

an Accident and meerly done by chance, the Jury considering the matter, found him not Guilty .

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