THE DUNEDIN MURDER.
ACQUITTAL OF THE PRISONER.
(by telegraph.) Dunedin, April 17.
The trial of Butler, for murder, was continued at the Supreme Court to-day. The Court wap packed. The prisoner, who did not call any witnesses, at once entered upon his defence, and spoke for six hours in a clear, firm voice, occasionally pausing to consult his notes. He criticised the evidence closely, and contended that nothing had been brought forward by the Crown to connect him with the murder. He explained his attempt to escape from Dunedin by the fact • that he believed that the police were going to arrest him for burglary, and that he was under police surveilance. On the night of the murder he affirmed that he was more than half drunk and away from the scene of it. The Judge’s summoning up was in favor of the prisoner. The jury retired shortly after 6p. m. At five minutes past nine they returned a verdict of “ Not guilty.” The prisoner displayed no emotion, and said nothing. The Court was packed, and there was an immense crowd outside, which hooted on hearing the verdict, and also hooted the prisoner. No mention was made of a nolle prosequi in the other cases, and the prisoner will be proceeded against on the charge of murdering Dewar’s wife.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 89, 20 April 1880
THE DUNEDIN MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 89, 20 April 1880
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