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Fight for Newt Lee’s Freedom is Delayed

The Atlanta Journal
Saturday, July 5, 1913

Bernard Chappell, His Lawyer, Expects to Bring Habeas Corpus on Monday

Bernard L. Chappell, attorney for Newt Lee, the [negro watchman], who found the body of Mary Phagan, declared Saturday that he had been unable to complete all of his work in connection with his proposed filing of a habeas corpus writ in an effort to liberate his client.

Mr. Chappelle [sic] said that he had expected to file the writ Saturday, but was delayed, and is now certain he can file it by Monday morning.

Mr. Chappell asserted that sensational developments might be expected when the writ is heard.