Old Opera House Murder - The Preliminary...
(left - Judge R. A. Cameron)
The preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for Nov. 24, 1910, but by mutual consent of attorneys it was postponed until December 1, 1910, Thursday, 10 o'clock a.m. County Judge Cameron came down with a serious illness and the 10 o'clock a.m. hearing had to be postponed until 2:00 p.m. By the time 2:00 p.m. rolled around Judge Cameron still felt unequal to the task of presiding and the preliminary was again postponed until 9 a.m., Friday, December 2, 1910. And... Again postponed to December 8, 1910 because of Judge R. A. Cameron's ill health.
When the preliminary finally took place, Justice N. L. Miller, charged with the murder of Mabel Oakes in the Old Opera House, November 9th, which had been set for 10 o'clock Thursday morning, December 1, was postponed until 2 o'clock p.m., Thursday, owing to the indisposition of County Judge R. A. Cameron. The Judge's condition had been so serious for some days preceding this date, that Attorney J. N. Tincher, of Medicine Lodge, employed by Mr. Oakes for the prosecution, had been notified that the preliminary could not possibly proceed and sequently he was not present in the morning.[more]...
Comments:Why did Claud McCrory resign in such a hurry as prosecuting attorney when public sentiment had arisen that he might be stalling -- had to do one or the other ... resign or prosecute the defendant Miller for the murder of young, innocent Mabel Oakes?
Why was the League depleting it's treasury with it's detectives during the September, 1911 trial looking for the whereabouts of ex-county attorney Claud McCrory? Where did Claud McCrory vanish after he resigned as county attorney and prosecution of the Miller murder case?
~NW Okie (a.k.a. Linda McGill Wagner) 2006-05-14 14:39:10
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