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Kelley Quillen

 

THE KINGSPORT TIMES, KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 1936

'NOT GUILTY' VERDICT RETURNED

IN CASE AGAINST KELLY QUILLEN

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Scott County Jury Clears Defendant Charged With Fatal Shooting of Cousin

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(Special to The Times)

GATE CITY, Va., July 22 ó A Scott county criminal court jury today held Kelly Quillen, 24, "not guilty" in connection with the fatal shooting of W. F. Quillen near Fort Blackmore late last month. The jury deliberated about 25 minutes before returning the verdict in favor of young Quillen.

     Defense and prosecution completed their arguments yesterday afternoon and the jury retired when the court convened at 9:05 o'clock this morning.

     Defense attorneys Cecil Quillen, Sam Coleman and Mack Coleman, entered a plea of not guilty in answer to the state's first degree murder charge against the young defendant, who shot his distant cousin according to Logan Gillenwater, only eyewitness to the killing, only after he had been "pressured" by the elder Quillen.

Threats Recalled

     Defense witnesses in the case testified that on numerous occasions W. F. Quillen had threatened Kelly Quillen, and the defendant said the elder Quillen at one time drew a gun on him and that only intervention by his mother saved his life. The slain man was administrator of the estate of the defendantís uncle, and he visited the home of Kelly Quillen numerous times in that capacity. Continuing his testimony, young Quillen said the slain man called him and his mother vile names, and his then reached under his coat as if after a pistol. It was at this point, according to testimony, that the slaying occurred.

     Prosecuting attorney Hagan Richmond, assisted by S. H. Bond and Hagan Bond, introduced damaging testimony against young Quillen when witnesses said he threatened his distant cousin on numerous occasions but defense refuted much of the testimony and introduced witnesses who swore the elder Quillen had also threatened the defendant.

     The testimony of Logan Gillenwater, key witness in the case closely coincided with statements made by the defendant while on the stand.

     Prosecution rebuttal, preparation of instructions and their presentation to the jury, and arguments of council were completed yesterday afternoon.

Submitted by Don Lane

 

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