STEWART GETS LIFE TERM FOR GLOBE MURDER
On Stand He Tells the Story of Heartless Crime Done by His Partner in Lonely Cabin, Victims Shot Down
GLOBE, Ariz., Dec. 8.—Murder in the first degree and sentence of life imprisonment was the verdict rendered by the jury tonight in the case of William Stewart for the killing of Fred Kibbe.
John B. Goodwin, alias Steele, who was convicted last week for the murder of Kibbe will now be tried for killing Alfred Hilpot, the prosecution hoping for the death penalty. The defense will in the morning move for a change of venue on the grounds that newspaper stories have worked up sentiment against the indicted men.
A sensational development of the closing day of the trial of William Stewart charged with the murder of Fred Kibbe was the making public of the statement of Stewart concerning the crime which proved to be self-serving and was therefore not introduced into evidence by the prosecution or defense.
Stewart in his statement lays the killing of both Kibbe and Hilpot on John B. Goodwin, alias Steele, but confesses that Steele talked to him about "plucking these two fellows off" on the evening before the murder at Tuttle's station. Stewart claims however that when the killing was done it paralyzed him. He also confesses that Steele planned several other murders. Stewart said in part:
"Of course this man Steele had spoke to me several times about plucking off other parties coming here, (Tuttle's station), and when he sprung this stunt on me, Kibbe and Hilpot were out hunting quail. I told him it was foolish. That night we had supper and ate together and were cooking together like a family. It was rather late when this thing happened. It was dark. Hilpot was lying on the floor on a saddle pad, Kibbe sat braced back at a table, and we were laughing and talking about happenings in the grocery business. Steele was on a bed. He then got up suddenly, went into the kitchen, and there was a shot fired from about the middle of the door. I was paralyzed. Hilpot was in about the same fix. Kibbe was shot first with a six shooter. He never moved nor said a word, and I heard blood dripping down off the table. Steele jumped past me, as I was sitting on a box and commenced on Hilpot with a rifle.
"Kibbe never fell off the chair. He was braced, but Steele took him by the legs and pulled him down. Hilpot did not get up after the first shot, but I heard him say something. Hilpot was shot four times, once with a six shooter and three times with a rifle, and after he shot Hilpot, Steele broke the gun over his head, then turned and asked me what I was going to do about it. He said people that killed people would always be bothered, but that it was like killing animals to him."
As to Steele and his reason for killing the men he said, according to Stewart's story, that "we would kill those fellows, get away to Yellowstone Park, rob some coach, go to a big town and have a great time." Previous to the killing of Hilpot and Kibbe, Stewart was to take the six shooter and shoot one and Steele was to shoot the other with a rifle. He also wanted to kill Tuttle's boy and M. A. Gonberry and wife, a druggist of Globe, who were encamped 300 yards from Tuttle's station. Stewart admits that he could have given Steele the slip on their 150 mile flight but was afraid as Steele said that the circumstantial evidence and the fact that the two men were killed with two different guns would hang him (Stewart.) Stewart was once arrested in Riverside. The two alleged murderers soldiered at Fort Apache and Fort Yellowstone and Steele was in the Philippines two years.