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July 8, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part XXV

Need to catch up? Click here to begin the series: Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part I

On August 13, Richmond’s Times-Dispatch published the verdict in the case against Mott Glover. Inexplicably, the newspaper got his name wrong — calling him Sam Glover.

SAM GLOVER GETS EIGHTEEN YEARS

Jury Brings In Verdict of Murder in the Second Degree.

Buckingham Courthouse, Va., August 12. — The jury in the Sam Glover murder trial, for the killing of Hanes, brought in a verdict of murder in the second degree, a sentence of eighteen years in the penitentiary. The verdict was a surprise, owing to the brutality of the crime. Hon. A. E. Strode, of Amherst, opened the argument for the Commonwealth in a strong speech. Hon. F. C. Moon followed in a two hour speech, trying to convince the twelve men that Glover should be a free man. Congressman Flood, in a strong effort, presented the most potent points of the defense, and Hon. E. W. Hubard closed for the Commonwealth in an impassioned speech.

Never has so much interest been taken in any case in the County of Buckingham. The courtroom was packed on yesterday and again to-day to suffocation. Judge R. Carter Scott came in for his share of praise for the manner in which he conducted the case and for the swiftness with which he dispatched business.

Doubtless the Buckingham County Courthouse was sweltering in mid-August.

The following day, the Alexandria Gazette elaborated on the closing of the case.

Buckingham, C. H., Va., Aug. 14. — In the Circuit Court here yesterday the jury trying Mott Glover for the murder of young Haynes (sic) brought in a verdict of murder in the second degree and fixed the punishment at eighteen years in the penitentiary.

It is understood that eleven of the jurors agreed to this verdict at first and the other juror stood for murder in the first degree.

This case has attracted widespread interest here, large crowds filling the courthouse each day during the trial. Congressman Flood, engaged for the defense, left to attend to his business in Washington this morning.

Coming Next: Buckingham County Crimes: The Murder of Meade Hanes, Part XXVI

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