John Smith.
12th January 1722
Reference Numbert17220112-27

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John Smith , of St. Botolph without Aldgate , was indicted for the Murder of Matthew Walden , by giving him one mortal Wound of the length of 1 Inch and depth of 3 Inches, by discharging a Pistol loaden with Powder and Bullets, on the 22d of Novemb. last, of which mortal Wound he instantly died . He was a 2d time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder. Several Witnesses depos'd, that the prisoner hearing that one Sarah Thomson , with whom he had formerly kept Company, was going to be marry'd, swore, if she married any body, he'd shoot her. That on the 22d of November, she and her Husband, William Thomson , were at the sign of the Town of Lynn, near the Hermitage, and the prisoner came in. That Sarah Thomson seeing the prisoner, ask'd him how he did, to which he return'd a surly Answer, and threw a Candlestick after her. This alarm'd the People in the Room; the prisoner run away, and they after him: That the Deceased being among those that pursued him, the prisoner turn'd about, fir'd a Pistol, and kill'd him. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that Will. Thomson, the chief Evidence, was drunk, and swore out of Malice. The Jury found him guilty . Death .

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