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Eula's Sentence Commuted, 1928
November 22, 1928
EULA THOMPSON IS SAVED FROM PENALTY OF
DEATH BY GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA
DEATH SENTENCE CHANGED TO LIFE TERM BY HARDMAN
Action of Chief Executive Comes on Eve of Date
Set for Final Appeal for Woman.
FULL PENALTY PAID BY MEN IN CASE
Hardman Says Records of Case Do Not Show
That Woman Was Conspirator in Slaying.
Governor L. G. Hardman late Wednesday afternoon commuted Eula Elrod Thompson's death sentence to a sentence of life imprisonment. The commutation came on the eve of the day set for the submission of a final plea in behalf of the condemned woman, who was under a sentence of death in the electric chair following her conviction of complicity in the killing of Coleman Osborne, a merchant of Chatsworth.
The governor granted the commutation on the grounds that the records and evidence did not show that Mrs. Thompson was guilty of a conspiracy to kill Osborne but at the most was guilty of entering a conspiracy to rob the dead merchant on the night the killing occurred.
According to the evidence in the case, Mrs. Thompson, accompanied by her husband and Jim Hugh Moss, a negro, drove to Chatsworth from their home near Etowah, Tenn., on the night the killing occurred. It was testified that they were hauling whisky and when they ran out of gas they drove to Osborne's store. The car was parked near the store and Thompson and Moss went to the store, leaving Mrs. Thompson in the automobile. While the two men were at the store they called Osborne from his bedroom and he came to the store to serve them. Soon after they arrived at the store several shots were fired and Coleman was mortally wounded. Thompson and Moss returned to the car, and with Mrs. Thompson drove back to the Tennessee town, according to the evidence. They were arrested several days late and Osborne's wife testified that she recognized Thompson's voice at the time he is alleged to have shot her husband.
The governor's statement granting the commutation to Mrs. Thompson is as follows:
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