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Evidence Keyed to Park
Clark v. State
Citation:346 U.S. 855 (1953)
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The deceased secured a divorce from appellant on March 25, 1952. That night she was killed, as she lay at home in her bed, as the result of a gunshot wound. From the mattress on her bed were recovered bullets which were shown by a firearms expert to have been fired by a .38 Special Detective. Appellant was shown to have purchased a Colt .38 Detective Special some ten months prior to the homicide. Marjorie Bartz, a telephone operator in the City of San Angelo, testified that at 2:49 in the morning of March 26, 1952, she received a call from the Golden Spur Hotel; that she recognized appellant’s voice. She stated that appellant told her he wanted to speak to his lawyer, Jimmy Martin in Dallas and that she placed the call to him and made a record.
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