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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1949, Winona, Minnesota SNOW TONIGHT, SUNDAY; COLDER VOLUME 49, NO. 251 WINONA, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 10, 1949 FIVE CENTS PER COPY GIVE TO THE GOOD FELLOWS SIXTEEN PAGES Larson Acquitted; JuryOut5 Hours Cheers Rise From Packed Courtroom Defendant Aroused From Sleep To Hear Verdict Freeing Him By Gordon R. Closway la Crosse, Wis. "NOT With the reading of these two words in circuit court here 12 minutes before midnight last night, Arnold Larson became a free man. Wild cheering broke out from the packed courtroom with the reading of the verdict. It continued despite vigorous pounding Oi the cavel by Judge Roland J. Steinle of Milwaukee. The decision, acquitting the dapper 35-year-old automobile sales- man of the November 14, 1947, slaying of Dr. James McLoone, prom- inent La Crosse physician, apparently satisfied the crowd. It was not too unexpected. Most i persons who had sat through the 12-day trial had predicted either a I verdict of not guilty or disagree- ment of the jury. Few thought from the evidence there would be a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. Larson, beaming as the verdict was read, ran forward and thank- ed the jurors, 11 men and one woman. The jury, which had a choiae of two of murder In the first degree or ac- .arson Sidelights Struggling to control their Arnold O. Larson, 35-year- old auto salesman, and his elderly father, Arthur Larson of Waukon, Iowa, embrace in the circuit courtroom at La Crosse last night fol- lowing Larson's acquittal on n charge of murdering Dr. James E. McLoone, La Crosso physician. The Jury deliberated five hours and ten minutes. The elder Larson was a defense witness. This picture was taken about midnight, soon after the jury returned with its verdict of "not guilty."
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