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Commonwealth v. Holden
Citation:390 Pa. 221 (1957)
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On December 31, 1955, between 5:15 and 6:40 a.m., Cora Smith was killed in her home as the result of being struck over the head. The defendant, Charles Holden, was accused, tried, and convicted of her murder. At the time of Holden’s arrest, he was taken by the police to the home of a Ralph Jones who had been with Holden for several hours prior to the killing. In Holden’s presence, Jones was questioned by the police. The district attorney asked Jones if, at the time he was being quizzed by the police in Holden’s presence, Holding did anything that was unusual. Jones replied that during the period of time that the detectives were questioning him in his presence, he believed one of the them noticed to sort of wink or something.
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