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Description: Decatur Department;
Somerville Items;
Dr. Turney's Insanity Trial

Date: January 8 1891

Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 4

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L. P. Troup and A. L. Hamaker, spent Sunday in Huntsville.

Leon Bloom, proprietor of the “Golden Eagle” clothing store, is in Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sparkman and their little son, Thurman, visited Flint Sunday.

Judge H. C. Speaks passed through here Sunday on the M. & C. R. R. enroute for Memphis.

Will Sparkman, head salesman in J. H. Sparkman’s store at Flint, paid Decatur a visit Monday.

W. W. Garnett will move his stock groceries to the Decatur Drug Co.’s old stand on Bank Street.

Captain Milton Humes and R. W. Walker, of Huntsville, are attending the City Court, in Decatur this week.

The public school of New Decatur, presided over by that efficient and learned teacher, Prof. H. D. Wood, opened its doors Monday.

Prof R. R. Harris, accompanied by his beautiful and accomplished bride, have returned to Decatur after having visited his relatives in Kentucky.

J. M. Salms who was tried for arson at the las January term of the city court and convicted, and appealed to the supreme court and had his sentence reversed is here circulating among his friends and is ready to again place his case before the “immortal twelve.”

That reliable grocer, Jno. L. Brock is preparing to enlarge his quarters, having rented the house now occupied by W. W. Garnett. He will continue to dispose of his choice edibles to the retail trade from his old stand while he will use the recently leased premises for a wholesale business.
S. H. Garrison and Gus Fowler, visited Decatur, this week.

Rev. R. W. Coons preached at the Methodist church Sunday night.

A delightful social party was given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Epperson, Monday night.

The young people had a pleasant social party at the residence of Sheriff S. P. Ryan, on last Thursday night.

Rev. J. Speer, will preach in the Somerville Baptist church on the 4th Sunday in this month at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

County Court was in session Monday. Judge Russell presided in his usual, able manger. W. W. Calahan acted as solicitor.

Miss Allie Coons, left last Friday, to take charge of a music class near Lacy’s Sprngs. She is an accomplished teacher. Her many friends here and more especially our polite Deputy Sheriff, regret her absence.
Dr. Turney’s Insanity Trial
Dr. Wm. M. Turney, who choked his wife to death about two months ago, and who has been confined in jail, was tried before Judge H. C. Speake, in a special sitting at Somerville, Tuesday. The State was represented by J. J. Turrentine, of Athens, and the defense was represented by Judge G. P. Rice and D. W. Speake. The jury was composed of the following: J. M. Sharp, John M. Breeding, Drew Johnson, John Allen, John Dunaway, John Slaton, Charles Weimann, James Love, Sol. Lee S. P. Houston, R. W. Counts and James Blevens.
The evidence both pro and con, were heard, and the case was submitted to the jury without argument. The verdict of the jury was reached Tuesday evening and that he was insane. Judge Speake ordered the Sheriff to carry Dr. Turney to the State insane Asylum at once.
There was a large crowd in attendance both days, and much interest was manifested.

Submitted: 01/12/19

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