The People v. James Purcell

Case ID:
42
Charges:
Manslaughter
Defendant(s) name(s):
James Purcell
Crime date:
Thursday, July 13, 1893
Hearing date:
Monday, January 22, 1894
Judge:
Rufus B Cowing
Prosecuting attorney(s):
James W Osborne
Defense attorney(s):
Hugh Coleman
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Abstract:
James Purcell is indicted for second-degree manslaughter. Purcell is accused of killing Michael O’Brien during a fight in Mulry’s Saloon, at the corner of 12th Street and Washington Street, on June 20, 1893. Witnesses testify that Purcell kicked O’Brien as he lay on the floor. The coroner’s physician, Frank J. O’Hare, testifies that O’Brien’s neck was broken and that the cause of death was shock from hemorrhage. Purcell testifies in his own defense that he did not kick O’Brien. There is no record of a verdict.
Crime location:
12th & Washington, Manhattan, New York