Colyar Arrested Again on Knoxville Warrant

by Archivist on November 29, 2016

colyar-arrestedAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Journal

Thursday, June 5th, 1913

Deputies in Sheriff’s Office Take Him in Custody When He Appears as Witness

A. S. Colyar, waiting upon the grand jury’s summons as a witness, Thursday morning at the court house, was arrested by deputies from the sheriff’s office, adjoining the grand jury room. The deputies exhibited a warrant from Knoxville, Tenn., charging forgery alleged to have been committed several years ago.

No requisition accompanied the warrant. The sheriff wired to Knoxville that a requisition must be filed and approved within a reasonable time or he will release Colyar. Colyar was not jailed. He was retained near the grand jury room, to await the jury’s call. Bond was to be fixed later by the sheriff, and it was expected that would be furnished.

Colyar was arrested not long ago by the city police upon what is said to have been and appears to have been this same charge now embodied in a warrant, the arrest being made then in response to a telegram from the Knoxville police. He was released without bond when the formal legal procedure was not compiled with in a reasonable time.

Acting as his own attorney Colyar took out a writ of habeas corpus before Judge Pendleton, of the superior court, just before 1 o’clock, and Judge Pendleton set 11 o’clock Saturday as the time of the hearing upon it.

The allegation was advanced that while it did not appear on the surface what interests were directing this attempt to get Colyar back to Knoxville, there was room for strong suspicion that the purpose of the attempt was to get him out of Georgia because he is an important witness in a big case (the dictograph matter growing out of the Mary Phagan murder case, apparently) “against violators of the criminal laws of Georgia.”

Some question was raised informally among lawyers and officials at the court house, as to whether Colyar, being under summons to appear before the grand jury, can be extradited from the state—if requisition papers are forwarded from Tennessee for him.

Judge Pendleton declined to fix a bond for Colyar, when petitioned so to do by Attorney W. M. Smith. The judge held that he was without that authority in this case. It is a matter for the sheriff, said he.

Mr. Smith applied then to the sheriff for bond.

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Atlanta Journal, June 5th 1913, “Colyar Arrested Again on Knoxville Warrant,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)

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