|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/3/1921.
Griffith Arraigned on Murder Charge
Moundsville, W. Va., Feb 24 - W.H. "Holly" Griffith, inmate of the State
Prison here, was removed to Pt. Pleasant last night, where today he was
arraigned on a charge growing out of the death of Ira Roush, Antiquity,
Ohio, several weeks ago. At the time the dead body of Roush was found,
Griffith was at large having previously escaped from the State prison.
He was later captured at Greenwood, S.C., and removed to the institution.
Upon his arrival at the prison, the father and (illegible) of Roush are
said to have identified clothing worn by the convict as being Roush's property.
At the arraignment, a plea of abatement was entered by Attorney J. Howard
Holt, on the ground that the county is without jurisdiction to try the
(illegible), in view of a special statute of the state of West Virginia,
which provides that prisoners in the penitentiary must be tried before
the Marshall County. Prosecuting Attorney Hogg demurred to the plea
and was sustained by Judge O'Brian who presided.
At the arraignment this morning in the Mason county circuit court, Prosecuting
Attorney Robert L. Hogg (illegible) to the plea and was sustained by Presiding
Judge O'Brian. (illegible) both sides then agreed to bring the (illegible)
in the case to the Supreme Court of West Virginia and the trial was delayed
pending a decision by that tribunal. Griffith was taken back to the
W.H. Griffith, who was arraigned on a charge of murdering Ira Roush
at Point Pleasant this morning was a brief visitor in Parkersburg for a
few moments Wednesday night. His stay was necessarily a short one
and no one has been found who regretted the fact.
Griffith is said to have been heavily shackled and in charge of three
guards while on the Ohio River division train which took him from the Moundsville
penitentiary to Point Pleasant. The trip was a secret one and no
one was aware that he would be arraigned in Point Pleasant until the hour
of the hearing this morning.
He will probably be taken through this city on the return trip although
the route is secret and will not be known until the trip is completed -
Thursday's Parkersburg Sentinel.