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July 15, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

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

Unsurprisingly, the Glover family launched an appeal. On October 22, 1913, Richmond’s Times-Dispatch reported the results.


The Supreme Court of Appeals yesterday refused to interfere in the case of Mott R. Glover, sentenced to eighteen years in the State Penitentiary for murder, he must shortly begin his term. The application for an appeal came from the Circuit Court of Buckingham County, where Glover was convicted on August 12 for his murder of Meade Haines (sic) on May 5.

Judge R. Carter Scott, of Richmond, sat in the trial by appointment of the Governor in place of Judge Hundley.

The prisoner set up the plea of insanity and introduced evidence to show that he had, about the time of the killing, been more or less irrational, showing a desire to repeat poetry at inopportune times. He was examined by Dr. [A. S.] Priddy and Dr. W. F. Drewry, State experts on Insanity, who agreed that while rational and responsible he was an underdeveloped type, having at thirty-two years of age the mental development of a boy of twelve to fifteen. Dr. Priddy testified that while not insane, the prisoner was mentally defective, having a dwarfed mind.

This was shown, he testified, by the fact that a man of his age should have become infatuated with a girl wearing short skirts, barely fourteen years of age, and should have shown intense jealousy of her playmate and cousin, a boy of fourteen. The trial jury held him guilty, and fixed his punishment eighteen years in the penitentiary. He was represented by Hal D. Flood, Moon & Pitts and Sands Gayle. All of the Supreme Court judges concerned in refusing the petition for appeal.


Click here to learn more about the doctors who examined Mott Glover:

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

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