John Munford.
7th December 1709
Reference Numbert17091207-40
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Munford , of St. James Clerkenwell , was Indicted for the Murder of John Mercer , by giving him one Mortal Wound upon his Right-Arm with a Musket laden with Small-Shot, on the 23d of November last, of which he languish'd till the 28th of the same, and then died . It appear'd that the Prisoner, with others of his Friends, on the Thanksgiving-Day at Night, were merry-making together at an Ale-house, and about 12 at Night they quarrel'd about going home, and proceeded from words to blows, that one in the Company had received a Wound, upon which Murder was cry'd out; that then the Constable and Watch, with the Prisoner, who was Beadle , was sent for to the House to keep the Queens-Peace; upon which the Deceased and another Man, went through a Trap-Door into the Gutter of the House, that they being the Aggressors, they commanded them to surrender themselves; instead of which they were very Outrageous, pull'd the Tiles from the House and threw them at the Constable and his Assistant, and dangerously Wounded a Watchman upon the Eye. That then the Prisoners Gun was sent for from the Watch-house and Intreaties were used with them to surrender; but they continu'd in their obstinacy, and swore they would either kill or be kill'd. The Prisoner did then put his Gun to the Hole they went out at, and discharg'd it, the Shot all alighting on his Arm, shatter'd the Bone to that degree, that it was the Surgeon's advice to have it cut off, which might have sav'd his Life; but not following that advice, and want of care, he died of his Wound. It appearing further, that the Deceas'd all along blam'd himself for what was done, and imputed all to his own Obstinacy. The Prisoner in his Defence producing a great number of credible Witnesses, who gave him an extraordinary Character, the Jury acquitted him.


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