William Walker.
9th December 1714
Reference Numbert17141209-22
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Walker , of the Parish of Stanmore , was indicted for the Murder of John Rogers , by giving him a mortal Wound with an Ax upon the Shoulder, near the Collar-bone, on the 11th of July last, of which he languish'd till the 3d of August, and then died . The first witness swore, That coming by the Prisoner's Door (which was an Alehouse in Edgware he saw the Deceas'd without wounded , who told him, the Prisoner had cut him with a broad Ax; and that going thereupon to the Prisoner , and asking him how it came, he answered If I had not miss'd my Blow, I'd have cut of his Head and that he'd have died a more honourable Death than s're a Scotchman in England; mine is a Corporation House I hang, draw and quarter, within my self. The like Word were sworn to by another Witness; but there was none swore to the Wound given. On the Prisoner's behalf, it was sworn, That the Deceas'd and another Man, being drinking at his House, he refus'd to let them have any more till they had paid for what they had; whereupon the Deceased had him give him 2s. saying he had given him Half a Crown; but that in Truth he had given him nothing; whereupon a Quarrel happen'd, and the Deceased struck the Prisoner; throu which the Prisoner ran and fetch'd the Ax to frighten him, but could not tell how the Wound came. Others prov'd, That the Wound had but just cut the skin and that he was up and down very well, and often in Drink, and had agreed it with the Prisoner for a Guinea. And two Surgeons, who viewed the Body, swore that the Wound could not be the Cause of his Death but he died of an Ague and Fever. The Jury having fully consider'd the Matter, acquitted the Prisoner.


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