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November 3, 1888

THE BILLINGS MURDER TRIAL. A MEDICO-LEGAL QUESTION.

JAMA. 1888;XI(18):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400700016001f

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Abstract

On the evening of the 21st of last December W. S. Kingsley, a young lawyer of Waverly, Iowa, was found dying on the floor of his office with a bullet hole in his head. His left hand clinched tightly certain papers, while his right hand lay open, a few inches from right thigh, and a revolver, with two empty chambers, was found under right leg. A post-mortem examination was made. The ball (32) entered the skull at a point between the root of right nasal bone and eyebrow, passing to the right of the cristi galli, through right brain, circle of Willis, rupturing vessels, and lodged a half inch within left brain. Length of wound, five to six inches. The ventricles and cavities were filled with clotted blood.

Death occurred within ten minutes. M. E. Billings was arraigned as the murderer.

The State attempted to prove that a bullet wound

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