Saturday, May 24, 2014

Not guilty, said the Hamilton County Superior Court jury


Here’s Ruth Pearson, 37, a Carmel housewife in the midst of a lengthy trial for the murder of her husband, John Pearson.

I shot this photo of her and her attorney, Duge (pronounced like Doug) Butler, descending the steps of the old Hamilton County Courthouse on June 9, 1976.

Mrs. Pearson, a breast cancer patient, was acquitted. If she’s still alive, the would be 75.

If you believed her testimony, her husband was abusive and probably needed shooting, but she didn’t do it. Authorities said he was done in with a .22 caliber weapon. I don’t believe anyone else was ever charged with his murder.

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