Martin C. Golden

Shimmel Smooth Witness

The Weekly Press - St. Joseph Michigan - August 14, 1907

 

SCHIMMEL SMOOTH WITNESS

 

ACCOUNTS FOR SELF NIGHT OF GOLDEN MURDER AND DENIES TESTIMONY.

 

Says He Was in Nunica the Day of the Murder

Grand Haven, Mich., Aug 14. -

 

William Schimmel, charged with the murder of Martin Golden, the Dennison storekeeper and postmaster, a year ago, was on the stand in his own behalf Tuesday afternoon.  In the opinion of the majority of those attending the trial, he is making a good impression on the jury.  In fact, he is a remarkable witness.

 

In cross-examination he answers all questions readily and without hesitation.  Assistant Prosecutor Little is making every effort to break down the prisoner’s testimony but when court adjourned Tuesday evening he had been unable to phase him.

 

Schimmel says that he was in Nunica the day of the murder of Martin Golden.  He says that he left that village about the middle of the afternoon and drove directly to the home of his uncle, Jacob Schimmel, 10 miles north.  He says that he arrived there about 5 o’clock and after supper he walked to the home of his cousin, John Schimmel, who lives at the village of Slocum, five miles away, arriving there between 7 and 8 o’clock, had another supper and went to a saloon nearby.  He remained, he says, until about 10 o’clock that night, the night of the murder.

 

He denied in detail the testimony of the several witnesses for the prosecution.