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July 29, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

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

Staunton Daily Leader.

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

Often, in cases like this, newspapers rarely report the end of the story. This time, we learn of a surprising conclusion in the April 1, 1916 edition of Staunton’s Daily Leader:


Mott R. Glover, who shot and killed a young Haynes (sic) of Buckingham county, during the summer of 1913, died last week in Colorado, where he had gone in an effort to restore his health.

It will be recalled that he was tried and convicted of murder in the second degree and sentenced to serve 18 years in the state prison, after one of the greatest legal battles ever fought in the state. At the trial his attorneys relied on the plea of insanity and succeeded in reducing the crime to murder in the second degree, and after he had served about one year in prison, his pardon was asked for on the grounds of ill health. He was pardoned by Gov. Stuart, about one year ago and left immediately for the West, where he died a few days ago.

He was defended at his trial by Hon. H. D. Flood, F. C. Moon and A. L. Pitts, Jr., while the commonwealth was represented by Hon. E. W. Hubard and Senator Aubrey B. Stroud.

Indeed, this is a sad end to a tragic story.


Additionally, during the period that Mott Glover was incarcerated, the Hanes family mourned the death of Meade Hanes’ father, John Blackwell Hanes, who died on December 12, 1915. He was fifty years old when he succumb to the effects of chronic diabetes. His son, Garland B. Hanes, reported the death and gave J. B. Hanes’ occupations as Farmer/Postmaster. Hanes was buried in the Dillwyn Town Cemetery.

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