Husbands Denies Guilt

As reported in the Riverside Enterprise – Tuesday, August 18, 1936


John McNeill, blacksmith and deputy contable at Temecula, today continued to hold admantly to his claim of innonence as deputy sheriffs pressed their investigation in the fatal beating of his wife, Mrs. Melvey McNeill, in their Temecula home last week.

Held in the county jail awaiting the outcome of the investigation, McNeill has repeatedly told officers he is not guilty of the brutal attack upon Mrs. McNeill that resulted in her death.  She was clubbed with a roller from a washing machine wringer.

What He Says

McNeill told questioners that he removed the rollers from the wringer a day or two before the attack and had taken them to the blacksmith shop for repairs.  When he returned them to the house he laid them on the woodbox, he said.

Following the attack upon Mrs. McNeill, officers found the bloody roller hidden in the wood box.

McNeill claims he returned home and found his wife lying wounded on the floor.  At the county hospital a short time before her death Mrs. McNeill told her son, John Jr. 16, that McNeill had beaten her.

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Inquest Fails to Indict Husband of Dead Woman

 As reported in the Riverside Enterprise – Sunday, August 16, 1936


Coroner’s Jury Fails to Name Husband, Despite Testimony of Son

That Mrs. John McNeill, who was clubbed to death in her home at Temecula Thursday, met her death by a homicidal blow delivered by “some person” was the verdict, following an inquest at chapel of Acherson and Graham yesterday morning at 10 o’clock.

Not withstanding testimony by the dead woman’s son, John, that his mother, in a dying whisper to him in the Riverside County hospital , told him that his father, John McNeill, committed the deed, the jury failed to sign a verdict naming McNeill as guilty of the crime.

Finds Roller

Deputy Sheriff Paul Pierce testified that he found a rubber encased roller smeared with blood hidden in a box on the back porch of the McNeill home.  It is believed that the roller, taken from a clothers wringer, was the implement used in the assualt upon the woman.

Dr. J.S. Farrage, of the county hospital, who attended Mrs. McNeill when received at the hospital, gave testimony as to the cause of the woman’s death, a fracture of the skull.  He also testified as to her having received some broken ribs as a result of a blow.

Takes Prints

The county bureau of identification is endeavoring to record finger prints on the roller in question, but as yet nothing in the way of a definited negative has been brought out.

Whether or not McNeill will be charged with the crimes is now in the hands of Dist. Atty. Earl Redwine.

Deputy Coroner Seymor Cash conducted the inquest.  Asst. Dist. Atty. John Gabbert represented the state.

Funeral services for Mrs. McNeill will be held in Orange, but arrangements are still incomplete.  The body is being held at the Acheson and Graham mortuary pending completion of investigation by sherriff’s officers.

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