Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, VA

December 24, 1909


Stay of Execution to Allow Counsel to Take Appeal to Supreme Court.

Judge N. Hairston, of the Roanoke bar, who recently volunteered his services free if a new trial could be secured for Howard Little, convicted some weeks ago at Grundy, for the murder of Mrs. Betsy Justis and five members of the George Meadows family and sentenced to be eletrocueted at Richmond January 7th, has received a telephone message from Governor Swanson, stating that a stay of execution has been granted for thirty days to allow counsel for Little to take an appeal to the supreme court.

The condemned man declares he did not get a fair trail at Grundy, alleging that witnesses who could testify in his behalf and clear him of the charge were afraid of being killed if they went on the stand.

Little has said all along that he had not given up hope. He has received a number of cheering letters from his attorney in Lebanon, Bert T. Wilson.