|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1934|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1961|
San Bernardino County
From Burbank Daily Review, Burbank, California
Date: June 19, 1961, Monday
Beaten By Thug
Ex-Burbanker Dies In Line of Duty
An 18-year-old Montclair, CA youth is being held today on suspicion of murder in the death of a police officer formerly from Burbank.
David James Cain allegedly beat to death police officer Andrew W. Farthing, 27, when Farthing and three other officers attempted to break up a wild party at the suspect's home.
Officer Farthing, a 1952 John Burroughs High School graduate, was allegedly knocked down and kicked by Cain.
The slain officer was the son of Charles Ray Farthing, assistant water superintendent for supply in the Burbank Public Service Department. The elder Mr. Farthing has been a city employee for 30 years and resides at 231 N. lincoln Street.
In addition to Cain, nine other boys and girls, aged 16 to 21, were arrested on violations of curfew, illegal possession of liquor and drunk charges.
Officer Noel Whitman said Cain's parents were out of town on vacation. About 25 persons were reprted at the party.
Officer Farthing is survived by his widow, Roberta, and a son, Perry, 5.
NOTE:On November 2, 1961, the suspect was acquitted after a jury ruled that he was justified in beating the officer to death because he entered his home without a search warrant.
NOTE: his back was by one or two reserve offier/s who could not or would not fight to help him The officer was oversome physically by a 18 year old punk who got off not because of a lack of warrant, but because the proscutor chose to pursue first degree murder charges which required premeditation at that time instead of a lesser offense that he could prove. Fate deetermined that my path crossed with the murderer when I saw him commit traffic violtions- he got more for this then killing a cop.From Ret Police Officer
Created by: Linda Carole Mustion
Record added: Jul 21, 2011
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