Grills, Charles T.: Petition, Pulaski County
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2 of the Jailor of this County and thereupon on the motion of B. F. Wysor the counsel assigned the prisoner on yesterday Eli Phegar is associated with him as assistant counsel to defend said slave whereupon several witnesses being sworn and examined as well on behalf of the commonwealth and the said prisoner by counsel heard in his defence. On consideration whereof the court is unanimously of opinion that he is guilty of the offence for which he stands charged, Therefore it is considered by the court that he the said Willis be hanged by the neck until he be dead, and that execution of this Judgment be made and done upon him the said prisoner Willis by the Sheriff of Pulaski County on Friday the 12th day of April next between the hours of ten in the forenoon and two in the afternoon of the same day. and the court doth value the said slave at the price of Five hundred and seventy five dollars and it is ordered that the sum of Twenty five dollars be __ by Charles T. Grills the owner of the slave to B. F. Wysor & Eli Phegar the counsel assigned by the court. And thereupon the prisoner is remanded to Jail. The following is the evidence upon which the prisoner is convicted. Commonwealth vs Willis a Slave } Felony for an attempt to commit Rape on Elizabeth Whitt a white woman It was proved on the part of the Commonwealth by Elizabeth Whit that on Wednesday 21st day of February 1844 as she was returning from Giles County she stayed with her Brother in law who came with her from Giles