The Durant Daily Democrat
February 2, 1911
Suggest Sargent is Insane
Jury Must Determine if Defendant is Crazy Before Trial on Other Charge
The case of J. L. Sargent, who has been confined in the county jail for several months, was called in the District court last evening, the jury being empanelled and the case deferred for trial this morning.
Sargent is charged with unlawfully and feloniously attempting to shoot Ed Payne with a pistol at Caddo on November 10, 1910 and upon the suggestion of the defendant’s attorneys, McPherren & Abbot, that Sargent was insane at the time of the offense, was committed and is insane at this time, the court ordered as inquiry, leaving the question for the jury to determine.
Testimony was introduced both by the defense and prosecution and following argument, the jury retired at noon for deliberation.
Up to 3 o’clock the jury had not returned into court.
W. J. Moon, convicted at this term on the charge of adultery and fined $250, entered a motion for a new trial through his attorneys. The court has not yet ruled.
A decree of divorce was granted Josephine Anderson from her husband, Gilbert Anderson.
With the termination of the Sargent case the criminal term will close and the court will go into civil matters and the term will be closed Saturday evening.