HEADLINE TAYLOR PLEADS INNOCENT IN LINDBERGH SLAYING
Denies Charges Made in Four-count Indictment Returned Last Thursday
James P. Taylor pleaded not guilty when arraigned Monday in Minneapolis federal court before Judge Gunnar Nordbye on a four count indictment charging him with the murder of Kenneth E. Lindbergh.
Taylor’s court appointed attorney, Irving Nemerov of St. Paul, entered the plea along with a request that he be given time to file motions attacking the indictment which had been handed down by a federal grand jury last Thursday.
Judge Nordbye, who had appointed Nemerov to defend Taylor, granted Nemerov two weeks in which to file motions, questioned in the validity of the indictment.
District Attorney George E. MacKinnon, who is personally handling the prosecution of the case, indicated that the federal government would be ready for trial early in the March term of the court, but Judge Nordbye said he would dispose of any motions before setting a date for the trial.
In his second public appearance since being brought to Minneapolis from Joplin, Missouri, nearly 2 months ago, Taylor was pictured is being……….. And a bit heavier than when arrested.
Nemerov had previously stated that in the event that his client was charged with the Lindbergh’s slaying, he would request additional legal assistance for the defense.
In reply to defense request for 60 days in which to prepare his case, Judge Nordbye said he felt that two weeks would be sufficient time in which to make motions, and that he would allow a reasonable time for a hearing on them.
Shortly before noon on Wednesday, Judge Nordbye designated Walter E. Riordan, Minneapolis attorney, to assist Nemerov in Taylor’s defense. Nemerov had requested Riordan’s appointment. The spring term of the court opens March 6 with security cases to be heard beginning on March 13.
The major count charged in the indictment is that of murder in connection with the stealing of funds from a bank ensured by FDIC.
Title 18 of the federal code under which Taylor is charged says in essence, that if, in the commission of such offense, or in avoiding or attempting to avoid apprehension for a day commission of such offense and offender kills any person… he shall be…. Punished by death if the verdict of the jury shall so direct.
MAN OF MANY ALIASES
In the case of the United States of America versus James Peter Taylor charged with murdering Kenneth E. Lindbergh at charged lists 34 different names allegedly used by Taylor in cashing 461 travelers checks. Here are Taylor’s temporary names:
Harold Bradley, M.D.
Harold S. Bradley, M. D.
Howard Bradley, M.D.
Howard I Bradley, M.D.
Howard S. Bradley, M.D.
R. B. Brubaker
Caption Gerald Cote
Gerald Oscar Cote
Dr. Henry F. Dolley,
Dr. Henry F. Dolley
Dr. Barry D. Farnsworth
Dr. Barry L. Farnsworth
Herbert F. Johnson
Charles D. Kenwell
J. B. O’Malley
James B O’Malley
F. M. Taylor
Carl E Thomas
Carl D. Thomas
Carl David Thomas
Carl P Thomas
Dr. Calvin B Thompson
Dr. Calvin P Thompson
Other accounts to all of which Taylor pleaded not guilty included, (1) theft of money, (2) forgery in connection with the cashing of four checks at the Nicolet Hotel in Minneapolis, and (3) interstate transportation of stolen travelers checks.
Except for legal processes, there have been no disclosures of any consequence in the puzzling Lindbergh case since Taylor’s arrest.
Numerous witnesses, including at least 10 from Thief River Falls viewed the suspect and a police show up. While none would make a statement, it was indicated that Taylor had been identified as being the person who met Lindbergh at the Northern State Bank on the afternoon of Saturday, November 12.
The 44-year-old cashier, employee at the Northern State Bank for 20 years, disappeared that night after conferring with a stranger who had called earlier saying he was Herbert Johnson.
Also missing from the bank were $1850 silver coin and over $14,000 in blank travelers checks. All but about $6,000 of the loot was subsequently recovered.
Lindbergh’s hacked body was found in an isolated spot near Clear Lake, Minnesota 13 days after his disappearance. He had been killed by blows on the back of the head afflicted with a bladed instrument. Near the frozen body were $200 in silver. Lindbergh’s hat, with the crown pushed out, was found nearby.
Taylor was apprehended in Joplin, Missouri where he was posing as a novelist. FBI man were said to have trailed there after identifying him through fingerprints on one of the travelers checks which had been cashed.
Previously convicted of forgery, and impersonating a federal officer, and interstate transportation of a stolen automobile, Taylor had served three federal prison terms. He had been released from jail at Terre Haute, Indiana, on October 29, two weeks before Lindbergh’s disappearance.