Laurens Co Ga Death Certificate #31880 Informant: J. W. Bass (Father In Law) Father; W. A. Davidson Mother: Unknown .
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Her husband was Marshall Robert Bass. Her father-in-law was J. W. Bass. Please see the following:
The Southeastern reporter, Volume 110 By West Publishing Company (152 Ga. 415) BASS v. STATE. (No. 2648.) (Supreme Court of Georgia. Dec. 15, 1921. Rehearing Denied Jan. 13, 1922.)
Homicide Evidence held sufficient to support conviction of murder.
The evidence was sufficient to support the verdict; and none of the assignments of error show cause for reversal. • Error from Superior Court, Laurens County; J. L. Kent, Judge.
Marshall Bass was convicted of the murder of Annie Bass (wife of the accused) by shooting her with a gun. The exception is to a Judgment refusing the defendant a new trial. The state introduced testimony of witnesses substantially as follows: On the evening of November 30, 1920, about sundown and just before dark, the defendant was seen walking with his wife along tfie road near and away from his home. The latter carried a baby in her arms, and a small child walked with them. When practically opposite the residence of a neighbor the defendant was seen to strike his wife with his band, and she was heard to say, "Minnie sees you" (meaning the wife of the neighbor). Defendant then shot his wife with a singlebarreled shotgun. She fell, and he reloaded the gun and shot again. After the shooting the defendant came by the neighbor's yard, stayed a few minutes, and left and ran through the field towards the branch, carrying his gun In his hand. He seemed to be drinking.
Certain persons coming along the road in an automobile took up the woman from where she had just fallen, and carried her to the hospital some two miles away. She was shot in the abdomen, and died in less than two hours after the wound was inflicted. The doctor to whom the woman was carried for treatment testified that the shot entered the abdomen on the right side and went straight in just above the pelvis. She was pulseless and in a dying condition when she was brought in, and died while on the operating table. She lived after being brought there somewhere from half an hour to an hour. She was conscious of her condition, and stated that her husband shot her for going over to her father's, or was mad with her for going over there. The statement of the accused was:
"Gentlemen of the jury, they got me accused of murdering my wife; it is not so. On the last day of November my house rent was due. I was going that night to pay it, and my wife said that she didn't want to stay there until 1 got back, and I told her to come on and go down to Mr. Shepard'e and stay until I got back. We were walking on the right-hand side of the road, and I had the shotgun in my left hand, and my little boy wanted to tote it, and I snatched it out of his hands, and when I snatched it out of his hands it fired off. When the gun fired I tried to pick her up, and I couldn't, and I raised up and run off toward the branch to get somebody to help me pick her up and carry her to the house; and then the next thing I thought of was a doctor. I thought I would get a doctor, and I went on down the road to get a doctor. I had nearly a pint of whisky in my pocket, and I went on after the doctor, and I met the sheriff, and I drank the whisky. I told the sheriff that I done it accidentally, and to please go on with me after a doctor. These folks come np here and swore to things that is not so; I wouldn't have shot my wife for anything; if anybody ever had a good woman, she was. If you hang me, yon will hang an innocent man."
In rebuttal the state introduced testimony to the effect that shortly after the homicide, when the defendant was arrested, he stated that he shot his wife accidentally; that he started to shoot a dog, and she stepped around the corner of the house. He looked like he was drinking, though witness did not smell anything on his breath ; he did not stagger. Witness did not see the sheriff take any whisky "off of him." Another witness testified that he was a deputy sheriff, and carried the defendant off to Jail that night, and that "his conduct" then "showed tbat he hnd been drinking." .