Bloomington (IN) Evening World
January 16, 1924
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Salem, Ind., Jan. 15–Morgan Pattison, the 18-year-old Bedford youth who has been on trial here on the charge of murder, was found guilty by the jury that returned a verdict late Saturday after a few hours' deliberation. The verdict was for murder in the second degree, carrying with it a sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence was pronounced by James L. Tucker, judge of the Washington circuit court, who presided at the hearing. The case was brought here for trial by change of venue from the Lawrence circuit court.

The crime for which the boy was convicted was the shooting of William Sutherland, age 60, who was night marshal at Mitchell. Sutherland had placed Pattison under arrest for disturbing the peace and had ordered him to give up the revolver with which he had been shooting at street lights, but the boy shot him. The shooting took place on the night of March 7, 1923.

Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.