The Murder of Lewis Collins

Welch Daily News
August 17, 1924

Continuance Is Secured By State In Conley Case; Petit Jurors Discharged By The Court

The case of George Conley, charged with the murder of his father-in-law, Lewis Collins, set for trial this afternoon, was continued until the October term of court. The continuance was granted by the court at the instance of the prosecuting attorney, who stated that a number of state's witnesses were absent, and that because of the press of other work, he had been unable to give to the case the attention that it demanded.

Counsel for defense strenuously opposed the motion for continuance, announcing that they were ready for trial.

As the Conley case was the last case scheduled for trial at this term of court, the petit jury was discharged as soon as it was announced that a continuance had been granted.

Court will continue in session until tomorrow in order to hear a number of motions. Adjournment will probably be taken by Friday afternoon.

The Criminal court room was crowded when the trial began. Probably 100 people from the Litwar and Iaeger sections came to hear the trial.

The state contends that Conley killed his father-in-law as he slept in his store. At a preliminary hearing before a justice of peace Conley was held for action of the grand jury, and the grand jury returned an indictment of first degree murder. Conley claims that he was at his home at the time of the murder...

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