The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Saturday, August 3, 1929

Throngs Jam Room To Hear of Murder
Petersburg, Ill., Aug. 2 - (United Press.) - Attracted by the testimony of the defendant who took the stand in his own defense yesterday, a large crowd jammed into the Menard county circuit court for today's session of the trial of William Powell, wealthy farmer charged with the murder of Albert Wells, a former employee.

Closing arguments were scheduled to get underway, with indications that the case would go to the jury by nightfall.

Powell, placed on the stand in his own defense, corroborated testimony of earlier defense witnesses, and outlined alleged relations between Wells and Mrs. Powell.

In early testimony offered, Powell's counsel has sought to prove that the "unwritten law" was a justiable basis for the murder.


The Daily Illini, Champaign-Urbana, Sunday, August 4, 1929

Menard County Farmer Is Acquitted of Murder
Bloomington, Aug. 3 - (AP) - William Powell, Menard county farmer, was acquitted of the murder of Albert Wells, a former employee, by a jury at Petersburg tonight. The jury was out for two hours. Defense counsel had contended Powell acted in self defense.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

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