Charged With Murder

August 1, 1929

Westminster Police Justice Issues Warrant For Finksburg Woman

ATTORNEY TO ASK HABEAS CORPUS

Funeral of Husband Is Held Near Scene of Wife’s Detention–Second Murder In Carroll Within the Past Few Months–Moonshine Liquor Is To Blame

A warrant formally charging Mrs. Viola M. Spurrier with the murder of her husband, Ernest Spurrier, who was fatally shot early Sunday morning at the home of the couple at Finksburg, was issued Tuesday morning by Police Justice George E. Benson at Westminster.

The warrant was issued on information laid before the Justice by State’s Attorney Theodore F. Brown, of this County. It followed the verdict of a coroner’s jury, which Monday found that Spurrier died from gunshot wounds inflicted by his wife.

About the time the warrant was being issued the funeral services for Spurrier were being held from and undertaking establishment near the jail in which the widow was being held.

After the services had been conducted by the Rev. John N. Garner, pastor of St. Paul’s Reformed Church, the body was taken to Baltimore for burial in London Park Cemetery.

Col. Edward O. Weant, attorney for Mrs. Spurrier, who is 28 years of age and the mother of three children, has prepared a petition for a writ of habeas corpus to obtain her release on bail. He plans to discuss the writ with Judge F. Neal Parke to determine whether the hearing on it can be held at once.

Under the regular procedure Mrs. Spurrier would be arranged for a hearing on the murder charge before a Police Justice in the next few days. However, if her attorney waives a preliminary hearing, the discussion of the habeas corpus writ could be held.

Mr. Weant has said that Miss Gertrude Spurrier, a niece of the dead man, and Foley Naylor aged 22, of Reisterstown, who are listed as the State’s witnesses, were to call at his office Wednesday to discuss the question of bail. Both had been released after the investigation by the Coroner’s Jury with the understanding that they would put up a nominal bail.

The County authorities were still seeking Arthur Stansbury, of Reisterstown, for questioning in regard to the fatal shooting, which occurred in a tussel over possession of a 38-calibre revolver in the hands of Mrs. Spurrier, whose husband had been drinking for some time, and had ordered his wife from her home.

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