State v. Joseph Odell & James L. Goodman

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Joseph Odell & James L. Goodman
Case Date: 
1873
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Murder

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
66
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Odell charged w/killing Peter Stewart by poisoning w/strychnine in proof vial, having intended to kill Richard & Eli Brewer, but 11-yr old Stewart used vial to drink hog backings, not knowing of poison; died next day. Goodman (who lived w/grandpa Jesse Goodman) charged w/accessory before the fact for hiring Odell to do it. Jury convicted Odell of 2nd degree murder, 10 yrs prison. Witnesses: Peter's dad Boyd, bro Vesta, sister Catharine (m. Callahan Goodman, killed by son of George Brewer, stiller).