Murder Trial Jury Will Be Plus-Feminine

As reported in the Riverside Enterprise – Wednesday, October 21, 1936

Women Outnumber Men on Tentative List for McNeill Hearing

Women will predominate on the jury that will try John D. McNeill, Temecula township officer, on a charge of wife murder, it was indicated late yesterday as attorneys neared acceptance of the 12 jurors, with 11 women and one man tentatively in the box.  The case will be resumed today.

The opposing counsel shifted the prospective jury lineup repeatedly during the day of questioning that developed extremely sharp quizzing of persons drawn from the regular panel of jurors for duty in the murder trial.

Searching Questions

Prosecution attorneys were particularly anxious to know the prospective talesmen’s attitude toward the death penalty, proving that McNeill’s life will be asked as a forfeit for that of his wife, Mrs. Melvey McNeill, who was beaten to death in her home at Temecula on Aug. 13 last.

Defense attorneys were equally anxious to definitely determine the stat of the jurors’ mind regarding circumstantial evidence, weight of a defendant’s testimony and their opinion of a man indicted by a grand jury.

Taking of testimony is expected to get underway today, with completion of the trial in sight for late Thursday or early Friday.

Prospective jurors in the box when adjournment was taken by Superior O.K. Morton last night were Lou Meriwether, Grace Long, W.H. Gish, Ada Clark, Florence Flaherty, Alice Green, Hazel Stark, Barbara Best, E. Lily Rohif, Maria Bonnett, Arthur W. Peters, and C. Mabel Gilman.

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