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THE KINGSPORT TIMES, KINGSPORT TENNESSEE,
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1927

Commonwealth Attorney Refuses to
Give Out Details of Testimony Secured

(Special to The Times)

GATE CITY, Va., Sept 24. --- Though he yesterday took depositions frmo a number of persons who witnessed the killing of Creed Frazier, former Scott County Sheriff, and Will Frazier, his son, by John Barnett last Tuesday afternoon, Commonwealth Attorney H. C. L. Richmond refused to give out details of the testimony further than to say that the witnesses were almost unanimous in the expression of opinion that none of the Fraziers in the party committed any covert act toward Barnett preceding the killing.

     J. H. Irvin, A. M. Iryin, Mahone Frazier, Morgan Semore, T. M. Pierson, Grayson Flannery, Mart Farlin, Charlie Robinette, John Sloan, and Roy Frazier, have all been questioned as to the shooting which occurred at a saw mill near Clinchport and all have told much the same story.

     It was indicated yesterday that Barnett may waive preliminary hearing altogether and that his defense plea will be insanity, inasmuch as it was stated by people living in the neighborhood that he had been "acting peculiar like" for the past month.

     Wright S. Cox has heen appointed by Barnett's father, Tom Barnett, to represent the confessed murderer when legal procedure is begun, it is announced here.

 


THE KINGSPORT TIMES, KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1927

SLAYER OF FRAZIER MEN WILL BE GIVEN HEARING ON FRIDAY

John Barnett to Be Given Preliminary This Week at Gate City Prosecution Not Desirous of Hearing

GATE CITY, Sept. 27—John Barnett, who shot and instantly killed Willie Frazier and mortally wounded Creed Frazier in a shooting affray near Speer's Ferry last Monday, will be given a preliminary hearing before a justice of the peace court next Friday, September 30.

     Commonwealth's Attorney H. C. L. Richmond stated that the commonwealth did not care for a preliminary hearing, but that one would be held on that date at one o’clock at the request of the attorney for Barnett. Until Saturday it was thought that the defendant would not want a preliminary hearing, but his attorney, Wright S.. Cox, decided to request it.

Several Eye-Witnesses

     The commonwealth has eight or ten eye-witnesses, but only a few will be introduced. Besides the eyewitnesses there are others whose evidence will be material, but not introduced at the hearing. Mr. Richmond will insist on trial of the murder charges against Barnett at the next term of court and he will ask the court to set a certain day of the term to give the defense and commonwealth time to summon the witnesses. Two indictments will be sought, against Barnett. One for the killing of each of his victims.

 


THE KINGSPORT TIMES,
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE,

Friday, SEPTEMBER 30, 1927

Confessed Slayer of Creed and Will Frazier Given Preliminary Trial Today Before Scott County Squire

(Special to The Times)

GATE CITY, Va., Sept. 30—Preliminary hearing for John Barnett, confessed slayer of Creed and Will Frazier, is under way here before

     Magistrate G. B. Compton this afternoon.  Evidence is slowly being taken in the case and at 2:30 o'clock, indications pointed that two or three hours would be required to complete the hearing.

     Wright S. Cox is representing the defendant. Commonwealth's Attorney H. C. L. Richmond, Attorneys S. H. Bond and.-S. W. Coleman are representing the plaintiff.

     Barnett surrendered to Sheriff Palmer shortly after the fatal shootings.  He claimed that he thought the Fraziers were coming to "get him" when he opened fire on them on the Irvin farm three miles west of Clinchport.

    Will Frazier died instantly. Creed passed away in the King's Mountain

Memorial Hospital at. 12:30 o'clock on the night of the shooting.

Barnett has been held in jail here since his surrender.


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