1921: Schutte Sentenced to Die, But First Tries Suicide

Cuts Wrist, But Is Haled to Court, Where He Denies Murdering Ball Family

Middletown, Conn., Oct. 25.–Emil Schutte, who was convicted of the murder of three members of the Ball family last week, was sentenced to be hanged on April 10, 1922, at the state prison, by Judge W. M. Maltbie to-day.

In the jail at Haddam this morning Schutte attempted to kill himself by cutting his left wrist with a piece of tin. Surgical attention prevented loss of much blood, and he was taken to court. Judge Maltbie did not rule on the motion to set aside the verdict on the ground of insufficiency of evidence, saying that he would further consider the motion.

Schutte when placed at the bar said: “I have been robbed of my lands, my money, my bonds, worth $50,000, and my family. I swear by God Almighty that I did not burn the Ball family. I am absolutely innocent.”

Sentence was imposed and Schutte was taken immediately to state prison. His counsel expects to carry the case to the Supreme Court of Errors. Counsel claimed that aside from testimony of Julius Schutte, a son, there was no direct evidence to connect Schutte with the crime.

From the New-York Tribune (New York, New York), Wednesday, October 26, 1921.


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