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Colonial Cases

R. v. Kelly and Rice [1752]

murder - capital punishment

Court of Oyer and Terminer

27 November 1752 (Philadelphia)

Source: Halifax Gazette, 6 January 1753

[2] Monday last a Court of Oyer and Terminer was held at Chester, when Thomas Kelly and James Rice, were brought to the Bar, and indicted for the Murder of John Thomas and Eleanor Davis; to which Kelly pleaded Guilty, but Rice Not Guilty: The Court then proceeded with his Trial, and the Jury in a few Minutes, returned their Verdict Guilty.

Source: Halifax Gazette, 27 January 1753

[1] Philadelphia, Dec. 14. ...

Saturday last, James Rice was executed for the Murder of John Thomas and Eleanor Davis. Thomas Kelly was reprieved till Saturday next, in order to see and know the Person mentioned to be taken up in Baltimore County, on Suspicion of being the third Murderer; but on his seeing him, he said he had never seen him before; upon which the Man was discharged.

19. Saturday last Thomas Kelly was executed at Chester, for the Murder of John Thomas and Eleanor Davis.

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