Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 1, Number 10, September, 1991 Page: 311
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The Glidden Ax Murder
Immediately, Grobe and Miller, for whom this was just his
second case, began scrambling to locate four witnesses
who, Fields' said, could testify as to how he happened to
have $30 in cash. Before leaving Buckholts, he had cashed
a check for $42, receiving two $20 bills. He broke one of
the twenties at a saloon the night before leaving, receiving
a ten, a five, and some coins in change.
On May 20, Fields went on trial on the first of the
charges, that for the murder of Finucane. Grobe became ill
and Charles K. Quin was appointed to take his place. The
following day, still ill, Grobe returned to court, listening to
the proceedings while laying on a couch that had been
brought into the courtroom for him. Ladies, both black and
white, filled the courtroom every day to hear the spectacular
testimony. Several prominent white citizens took the stand
to testify that Fields was a man of good character. The
prosecution, unable to use Ida Fields' statement, had only
circumstantial evidence. At five o'clock on the afternoon of
May 27, the case went to the jury. Shortly afterward, the
jury returned with a verdict of "not guilty." Many of the
Fields was returned to jail to await trial for the
other murders. Finally, on September 23, the remaining
charges against him were dismissed, and he was released
from custody. No one else was ever arrested for the
Jim and Ida Fields never lived together again. On
August 4, 1915, she filed for divorce, stating that her
husband had abandoned her on March 27, 1912, the day he
had been arrested. Shortly afterward, the divorce was
granted on grounds of abandonment. That December, Fields
married Carrie Washington.
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