Man Accused in Death of Father-in-Law is "Not Guilty"


   Lewis Swanson, charged with the murder of W.K. Hall, his father-in-law, was found "Not Guilty" by a grand jury in the Harlan County Court yesterday.

   Swanson, while admitting the shooting of his father-in-law on the afternoon of August 9, on Crank's Creek, declared that he shot in self defense, and did not fire until Hall had fired three shots at him.

   The commonwealth alleged that Swanson had killed his father-in-law and then had taken Hall's pistol and discharged three shots, to substantiate a plea of self defense he intended to use.

   The jury was composed of George Ball, Lyon Lewis, A.J. McCarty, W.C. Holton, Steve Kilsman, L.M. Pope, Joe Long, Chad Middleton, Albert Ball, Carter Jones, E.W. Frazier and George S. Ward.

Harlan Daily Enterprise 26 Sep 1928