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Seventeen-year-old Alexander Krieschwzi was on trial for the murder of his father, Lewis, the Evening Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, reported on June 9. 1908. The teen was “a respectable-looking lad who did not appear to realize the seriousness of his position.”
The elder Krieschwzi was murdered March 15, 1908, following an argument.
According to the Evening Journal, this is what happened that fateful day:
Lewis sent one of his daughters, Dora, into Alexander’s room to retrieve a tool box. The box Alexander gave Dora was the incorrect one, and the girl was sent back to his room.
Alexander told his sister their father could not have that particular box, and Lewis rushed into the room and dumped the box’s contents on the floor then left taking the container with him. Angry, Alexander took a revolver that had fallen out of the box and fired it into the floor with the intention of frightening his father.
Lewis returned to his son’s room and a fight began. In the course of the fight, the weapon discharged and killed Lewis.
The Trial Begins
Alexander was charged with first-degree murder, but the prosecution admitted manslaughter would be more appropriate.
Dora was the first witness called. She confirmed the story, stating the first box contained her brother’s clothing. She did not see the weapon discharge and said she knew of no previous quarrel between father and son. Another daughter, Elizabeth, gave nearly the same testimony later that day.
The coroner was called next. He testified the fatal shot had penetrated the lung and severed an artery. There also were two flesh wounds on Lewis’ body.
Two police officers testified about the crime scene and how Alexander ran to the police station and turned in himself and his gun immediately following the shooting.
The prosecution would finish its case later that day, the newspaper reported.
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