HOUSEWIFE FREED BY VERDICT
Hammond Times; 23 July 1935
Spencer, Ind., July 23-- (I.N.S.) -- Mrs. GLADYS TRAUX, housewife, charged with the second degree murder of her husband, EDWARD TRAUX, was freed here by a direct verdict order by Circuit Court Judge Donald A. Rogers. The prosecution had charged that Mrs. Traux shot her husband in order to collect insurance policy benefits. Judge Rogers granted a motion of S, C. Kivett, of Martinsville, defense attorney, for a directed verdict, stating that the state had not presented a case. The judge ordered the prisoner released immediately. Mrs. Traux thanked the jury and the judge. Evidence produced during the trial had been only circumstantial, Attorney Kivett contended. Traux was found shot and allegedly beaten to death at his farm home north of Gosport on the afternoon of Feb. 12.
COURT FREES GLADYS TRUAX OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE Owen County Democrat July 25, 1935 Instructed Jury to find for Defendant at Close of Presentation of Evidence by State Motion Filed by S.C. Kivett, Defense Attorney, Shortly After Noon Monday. Trial of Mrs. Gladys Truax, 51, charged with second degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Truax, 59, at their home north of Gosport on February 12, 1935 was brought to a sudden and dramatic close in Owen circuit court Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock when Judge Donald A. Rogers halted proceedings and instructed the jury to return a verdict of acquittal for the defendant. Judge Rogers gave his instructions to the jury after granting motions of S.C. Kivett, defense attorney, that the case be dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence to convict. Kivett prepared and presented his motion shortly after noon at the close of the State's presentation of a long list of witnesses that had filed in and out of the witness box for more then ten days and at 2:30 Judge Rogers called the jury before him. In instructing the jury, Judge Rogers made John Loy, foreman and told him that it was his duty to sign the acquittal verdict prepared regardless of his belief concerning the guilt or innocence of the defendant. Acquittal of Mrs. Truax of the charge on which she was being tried did not come as a surprise to those who followed the case closely. After the first few State witnesses had testified with nothing of great importance being disclosed, the belief gradually grew that the defendant would be found not guilty. That the case was brought to an abrupt end with close of evidence presented by State witnesses however, came more or less unexpectedly to many. Submitted by Debbie Jennings on the sweetowen.net site.
After the trial, Gladys took back her former married name and passed away in 1950 and is buried in the Hudson Hill Cemetery.