M’Neill Case Opens Today In Jury Trial

As reported in the Riverside Enterprise – Tuesday, October 20, 1936

Insanity Plea Withdrawn By Temecula Man on Eve of Hearing

Whether John D. McNeill, Temecula blacksmith and township constable, was sane on the Aug. 13 date on which he is charged with having beaten his wife to death in their Temecula home, yesterday was eliminated as an issue on the eve of his trial for murder.

McNeill’s attorneys appeared before Judge O.K. Morton yesterday afternoon and withdrew his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, a companion plea to an ordinary ‘not guily’ plea which was allowed to remain before the court.

He will go to trial before a jury in Judge Morton’s court this morning.  In statements to officers he has indicated he will contend that he acted in self-defense.

Attorneys John Neblett and Russell S. Waite were appointed by the court to defend McNeill.

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