On Feb. 2, 1905, about noon, George Williams, a grocer of Watchung, N. J., was found in his sleigh, shot through the back, on a lonely part of the road between Watchung and Warrenville (near Plainfield), N. J.
When last seen alive, Williams was in the sleigh with George H. Wood, the latter having hired Williams to take him from Watchung to Mt. Horeb. There was no apparent motive for the crime, Wood and Williams never having met until the fatal morning and no attempt at robbery had been made. Wood was tried for murder in the first degree at Somerville, N. J., May 15-19, 1905, before the Hon. A. G. Garretson and a jury. The defendant pleaded "not guilty," advancing as his defense that he had no clear recollection of anything between the dates of Jan. 30, 1905, at noon, and Feb. 5. 1905, when he awoke in the
BAILEY P. THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY VERSUS GEORGE H. WOOD.A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE AND OF THE THEORIES AVAILABLE FOR THE DEFENSE.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(15):1084–1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510420014002c