Santa Fe New Mexican 03 Jun 1944
THE SANTA FE NEW j 1642. near Roswell In self-defense. Bfal l! beln 8 lrled here ol1 • lieal Says He Shot In-Self-Defense CARLSBAD, June 3 «?— A dis- Irict court Jury trylns Charlie Beal for his life on charges of murdvr had the defendant's story today thai he shot Stanley Brown on May 29, , change of venue from Chaves county. county. A death sentence there last year was reversed by tlie state supreme court, which ordered a retrlral. Seal s?id he and Brown had disagreed disagreed about an oral contract and had quarrelled after Brown let irrigation irrigation water flood Seal's place and endanger Seal's feed store. Seal said that he shut off the electric pump which was pumping Brown's Irrigation water and remonstrated remonstrated with him about flooding Seal's land. • Brora reached the pumphouse the defendant testified, and "when he turned around lie had a long piece of pipe which he raised, I said, 'put that plp> down.' "Brovm said, 'I'll put It down over your head.' "So I stepped back a pace and pulled my gun and shot twice."