Funeral Is Held For Robert Vyers
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, July 23 - Funeral rites for Robert Lee Vyers, 47, farmer fatally shot Tuesday five miles northwest of Emhouse, were held at the First
Methodist Church at Emhouse Wednesday.
Surviving are his father, T. F. Vyers, three brothers, R. F. Vyers, Emhouse;
G. T. Vyers, Ennis, and H. W. Vyers, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. C. H. McNeel and Mrs. Bertie Vyers, both of Emhouse, and Mrs. R. A. Reed, Dallas.
John Ayala, 47, tenant farmer, is charged with murder in connection with Vyers' murder in connection with Vyers' death in a vacant farmhouse on the
farm on which Ayala resided. Bond of $1,500 was set after the defendant waived examining trail before Judge A. E. Foster.
BOND SET AT $1,500 FOR
MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING AT EMHOUSE,
JOHN AYALA, FATHER OF 14, FACES MURDER
COMPLAINT IN DEATH
Bond of $1,500 was
set Wednesday morning for John Ayala, 47, Emhouse tenant farmer, by
Judge A. E. Foster on a murder complaint in connection with the death of
Robert Lee Vyers, 47, Emhouse farmer, on the L. I. Griffin farm, five
miles northwest of Emhouse, early Tuesday afternoon.
Vyers was shot once
with a P-38 German automatic pistol, the copper-plated bullet entering
under the right eye and emerging at the back of the head, officers
reported, death being instantaneous.
The trouble occurred
in a two-room farm house located about 300 yards west of the house in
which the defendant and his family resided.
W. H. Colquitt,
another tenant on the Griffin farm, made an affidavit to Chas. T.
Banister, county attorney, late Tuesday afternoon that he was the only
eyewitness, having arrived a moment before the shooting, the prosecuting
attorney revealed Wednesday morning.
Colquitt came to
Corsicana soon after the trouble and went to the sheriff's office and
then to the county attorney's office. The defendant, according to
Banister, also made a statement of events leading up to and including
A son of the
defendant is reported to have gone to a neighbor's house where officers
here were telephoned.
Deputv Sheriffs Raymond
Myrick and R. E, Jones and Liquor Control Agent R. T. Bailey answered
the original call, to whom the defendant surrendered. Later Sheriff
David Castles, Judge Foster and Assistant County Attorney Seton T.
Holsey went to the scene of the trouble, made investigations, and
interrogated witnesses before returning to Corsicana.
The only furniture
found in the un-tenated farmhouse where the shooting occurred was three
stoves in the kitchen, a bed and springs —without a mattress or linen.
The bed was stacked against a wall. In the room where Vyers' body was
found, a blanket was discovered along with a hat and a quantity of dried
beans and bean stalks.
The bullet that is
believed to have killed Vyers was discovered by officers on the floor.
Constable Joe Allen
assisted Banister in the investigations and interrogations of the
witness and defendant late Tuesday.
Ayala, the father of
14 children, waived examing trial Wednesday morning when he was taken
before Judge Foster, and was returned to jail pending arranging for
Funeral services for
Vyers were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the First
Methodist church in Emhouse. Interment was in Pattison cemetery. The
rites were conducted by Rev. J. Morris Bailey, pastor of the Eleventh
Avenue Methodist church here.
Surviving are his
father, G. T. Vyers, Emhouse: three brothers, R. F. Vyers, Emhouse; G,
T. Vyers, Ennis, and H. W. Vyers, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. C. H.
McNeel, Emhouse; Mrs. R, A. Reed, Dallas, and Miss Bertie Vyers,
Emhouse, and other relatives.
Frank Seely, Troy Halcomb, A. J. Tinkle, Frank Moody, Jim B. Collins and
Corley Funeral Home
The Corsicana Daily
Sun - Wednesday July 23, 1947
Jury Selection For Murder Trial Starts
Selection of a jury
in the case of the State of Texas vs. John Ayala, murder, is
slated to begin Tuesday at 10 a m. in the Thirteenth Judicial District
court. A special venire of 75 prospective Jurors in addition to the
regular panel of 36 veniremen for the week has been summoned.
Announcement of ready was made Monday morning by counsel representing
the state and the defendant.
The case of the
State of Texas vs. Lee Slaughter, murder, was continued, charged to the
Ayala faces an
indictment in connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Vyers, July
22 this year, about four miles northwest of Emhouse at a house located
near one occupied by Ayala and his family.
This is the first
time the case has been called for trial.
was made, A. P. Mays, district judge, ordered all witnesses to he on
hand Tuesday morning.
The defendant filed
a motion for a suspended sentence in the event of conviction. Attorneys
said Ayala will plead innocent when arraigned.
The prosecution is
being hand-led by Roe and Ralston, special prosecutors, and Chas. T.
Banister and Seton T. Holsey, county attorney and assistant,
The defendant is
being represented by Tyson, Dawson and Dawson and Doyle Pevehouse.
Slaughter, is a
Limestone county negro, facing an indictment in connection with the
knife slaying of Frank Lewis, negro, Sept. 10 1944. The case was sent
here on a change of venue from Limestone county.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, October 27, 1947
Jury Selection Started Tuesday For Murder
Selection of a jury
for the trial of John Ayala, Emhouse farmer, charged with murder, got
under way in the Thirteenth Judicial District court Tuesday morning
after A. P. Mayes district judge, had ordered attachments issued for
bringing in of six special veniremen who failed to answer when called.
ready was made Monday when the case was called for trial.
Two jurors had been
selected when court was recessed at noon until 1:30 p. m. Those selected
were William Clay Turner of Dawson and James H. Cerf of Corsicana.
The state had exercised
five preemptory challenges and the defense had used one while Judge Mays
had dismissed two for cause.
Ayala is being tried in
connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Vyers, Emhouse farmer, four
miles northwest of Emhouse, July 22. Counsel has indicated he will plead
innocent when arraigned. An application for a suspended sentence has
been filed by the defendant in the event of conviction.
Not to Seek Death
The state will not
ask the death penalty, questions propounded to prospective jurors
indicate. The state is not qualifying the jurors relative to the death
penalty in their questioning.
B. B. Anderson,
employee of an oil concern, was excused by Judge Mays over the exception
of defense counsel.
Anderson said he was
was planning to visit a sister in Oklahoma this week—his vacation
period. Exception was taken by T. L. Tyson, one of the defense
attorneys, on the ground that a number of prospective jurors summoned
were absent and excused and that he feared the defendant might be
required to take jurors picked by officers rather than those selected by
a jury commission. His objection was over-ruled by the court.
A number was
excused by mutual consent of the attorneys, and others by the court on
physicians’ certificates, illness and other reasons.
The prosecution is
being handled by Roe and Ralston, special prosecutors, Charles T.
Bannister and Seton T. Holsey, county attorney and assistant,
The defendant is
being represented by Tyson, Dawson and Dawson and Doyle Pevehouse.
A large number of
witnesses and spectators attended the opening session of the trial
jurors were warned to refrain from discussing the case while awaiting
call for examination.
The Corsicana Daily
Sun - Tuesday, October 28, 1947
State Rests Alter Testimony Heard In
By PAUL MOORE
Daily Sun Staff.
testimony occupied Wednesday morning in the trial of John Ayala, Emhouse
farmer, on a murder indictment in the district court here. He pleaded
innocent when arraigned by J. C. Roe, special prosecutor, after an
interpreter, Mike Luna had advised him on the indictment.
Defense Attorney T.
L. Tyson filed an application for a suspended sentence in the event of
Ayala is being tried
for the fatal shooting of Robert (Trapper) Vyers of Emhouse last July 22
on the farm of L. I. Griffin, where Ayala is a tenant.
The State rested at
11 a. m. The defense was introducing testimony when the noon recess was
District Judge A. P.
Mayes declined a defense request for adjournment 12 minutes before noon
and warned both state and defense to have their witnesses ready and not
to delay the court.
legal skirmishes over evidence sought to be elicited from various
witnesses enlivened the proceedings as the attorneys objected to various
phases of the testimony and efforts of the opposition to elicit
statements and admissions.
First State Witness.
Tinkle, Emhouse, filling station operator, was the first state witness.
He said he saw the defendant the morning of the trouble at his place
between 11 and 12 o’clock—that Vyers was present—all talked in friendly
manner—John Ayala had a bottle of wine and the witness and Vyers both
took drinks after he (Tinkle) had opened the bottle.
He did not know
whether the defendant took a drink or not. He said Vyers showed Ayala a
$100 bill, and both were at his station when he (Tinkle) went to lunch.
He said he didn’t see either leave the station but saw Ayala drive by
enroute home but both were gone from his station when he returned. He
later saw the defendant with officers following his arrest.
Stale objections were
sustained about the reputations of the two men being elicited from
Tinkle on cross-examination.
Dave Maggard of
Emhouse, said he saw Vyers going north toward home about 12:30 p. m. on
the day of the trouble. Morris H Colquitt, who resides five miles
northwest of Emhouse, the only eyewitness of the trouble except the
defendant, testified about the shooting and the incidents leading up to
the trouble, his actions following the episode and his coming to
Corsicana and reporting to officers.
Colquitt is also a
tenant on the L. I. Griffin farm and resides about two miles from the
farm where the trouble occurred.
Went to house.
Colquitt related he
went to Ayala's house a few minutes before noon to ask that the Ayala
boys help him hoe cotton that afternoon.
The defendant was
not at home, but was expected. Colquitt said he remained in his pick-up
a few minutes when the defendant and his wife returned from Corsicana.
A stove and groceries
were in the back of Ayala's pick-up, the witness related. Ayala told him
he needed his sons in his own field that afternoon and about that time
Trapper appeared and said he had a new deck of cards and desired to
play. The witness said he advised the two men he had to go home, but
might return later.
All took a drink out of
a wine bottle, Colquitt said.
Drive to Site.
The witness said he
carried water to another farm and left his own house about five minutes
to 1 o'clock and went to Ayala's house, where the boys told him the two
men were at a smaller house 200 or 300 yards up in the field
whore the shooting occurred. He drove to the site, walked into the room
and spoke and sat down as the two men were finishing a hand. Trapper won
the hand, a small amount of silver being involved. Colquitt said he
pulled out , his money to get into the game and Vyers suggested a
pot be made. He quoted the defendant as asking for change of a $10 bill
from Vyers and after the change was produced, neither could find the $10
on the blanket and later he quoted the defendant as saying: "That's all
right, I'll pay."
Ayala then secured
another $10 bill from his billfold in his overalls, and handed it to
The witness said as
Vyers was dealing the wind blew his Colquitt's cards and he was watching
to see that they were not exposed, when he heard Trapper exclaim: "Hey"
Both men had risen
to a standing position, according to Colquitt, with Vyers holding his
hands up and backing away, Ayala had a gun in his hand.
Heard One Shot.
maintained he did not hear Vyers say anything and could not understand
some statement he heard the defendant mumble. He heard one shot and
grabbed his cards and money in front of him, ran to his pick-up and
drove rapidly home where he told his wife what happened. He said he saw
Vyers “keeling over: after the shot and saw blood on his face and head.
The witness related he
arrived home at 1:20 p. m., and after telling his wife of what had
occurred, went to the field and got Buck Tinkle who was hoeing for him,
and then after picking up his, wife, left for town. He made a statement
to Chas. T Banister, county attorney.
cross-examination, Colquitt said that Vyers weighed 200 or 215 pounds
and was about 5 feet 3 inches tall. He termed him a powerful and active
man. He said this was the first game he had ever played in which Ayala
participated, but had played with Vyers.
When questioned about
Vyers’ occupation, the witness said all he knew was that he “fooled with
The game was
“draw poker,” according to Colquitt. He admitted that both Vyers and
Ayala looked for the missing $10 bill. He denied any unpleasantness,
cursing, etc., between the two men while he was present. He said he had
known Vyers to carry a cattleman’s large knife, but did not see it that
afternoon. He said he made another statement before the grand jury. He
denied knowing what was in his first statements since he was excited,
and denied any abuse of the defendant or any cursing on the part of the
Mrs. M. H. Colquitt,
wife of the previous witness, corroborated the testimony of her husband
about the time he left home and his return, of his being excited, going
after Buck Tinkle, and their starting to Corsicana.
Dr. Will Miller,
county health officer, testified that Vyers was shot under the right eye
with the bullet emerging behind the left ear, and in his opinion,
causing his death.
employed by Colquitt hoeing cotton, testified about the same events as
previous witnesses, except that he was not sure about the time, since he
since he was without a timepiece. He said he returned to the field 7 or
8 minutes before 1 p.m. and the Colquitt had left about 15 minutes
earlier. He told of stopping at Johnny Patterson’s place and then
stopping at Emhouse where they got into Robert Colquitt’s car for
the remainder of the trip to Corsicana.
Officer on Stand.
Myrick, deputy sheriff, said he was called shortly after 1 p.m. and
accompanied by R. T. Bailey, liquor control inspector, and R. E. Jones,
deputy sheriff, went to the house of Ayala where he received a P-38
German pistol with seven shells in it. One had been discharged. He
related that the officers then went to the house where Vyers’ body was
He described how the
body was lying on its back, hands to the side, and with the feet
crossed, right over left. He said the other officers examined the body
after Sheriff David Castles, Judge A. E. Foster and Assistant County
Attorney Seton T. Holsey arrived.
R. T. Bailey said
one penny was found in a shirt pocket, a $100 and a $20 bill were found
in a billfold in the back trouser pocket and a knife and snuff box were
in another trouser pocket.
He described the
deceased as a big man.
Castles identified a knife he produced as the one taken from the effects
of Vyers. The blade was about two inches Long. The state rested at
Newell Tinkle was
recalled by the defense and declined to commit himself as knowing the
general reputation of the deceased. He was asked if Vyers had assaulted
him once, but objections by the state were sustained by Judge Mays as
was defense question about deceased being overbearing, etc.
L. C. Boswell,
Barry, said he had known the defendant 26 years and resided on his farm
14 years. He gave him a good reputation and also said that he had never
been tried or convicted on a felony charge.
L. I. Griffin,
Corsicana, owner of the farm on which Ayala resides, said he had known
the defendant many years and he had a good reputation.
Jack Brooks, Barry,
said Ayala's reputation was good and denied having any trouble with the
defendant, but had him leave his home on one occasion when he (Brooks)
discovered the defendant was drinking. Ayala remained on the Brooks farm
Barry; Raymond Worsham, Barry: R. W. Varnell, Barry, and others
testified of the good reputation of the defendant. George Ward. Blooming
Grove ginner, said his reputation was good.
Charles J. Johnson.
Emhouse, said Ayala’s reputation was good, and when the defense sought
to elicit testimony relative to the reputation of Vyers, state’s
objections were sustained “for the time being” by Judge Mays.
Emhouse, said he had known M. H. Colquitt four or five years, but denied
knowing his reputation.
Attorney Tyson asked
him if he (Maggard) had talked with him (Tyson) and Pevehouse in Emhouse
Monday. The witness answered in the affirmative and said that Monday it
was just conversation, but he was swearing now. He admitted that he told
the attorneys Vyers’ reputation was “bad as hell.”
Jim Bob Collins,
Emhouse, said he had known Colquitt several years, but had never had any
dealings with him.
Mike Edwards, Rout
5, dairy Operator, and former merchant said he knew the reputation of
Vyers but state’s objections were sustained.
R. L. Vandygriff,
former operator of the Vogue Café here, said he didn’t know Vyers, but
that he came into his place twice late in 1946. He was asked about an
assault made on the witness, but the state’s objections were sustained.
The jury was
completed at 6:15 p. m. Tuesday after the state had exhausted its 15
challenges and the defense had excused 12. Judge Mays had excused nine
for cause. The remainder of the jury was finally excused.
The jury was
prohibited from reading newspapers on the request of the defense
attorneys, but permission was granted to attend picture shows. Judge
Mays outlined the regulations as to conduct and communications involving
members of the jury.
The jury is composed
of William Clay Turner, Dawson; James H. Cerf, Corsicana; H. M. Settle,
Jr., Corsicana; A. L. Bain, Kerens; Marvin Speer, Frost; J. P. McKinney,
Corsicana; E. B. Lancaster, Kerens; S. C. Ward, Purdon; I. K. Levy,
Corsicana; D. F. Fields, Kerens; Clayton Johnson, Kerens, and J. C.
The Corsicana Daily
Sun - Wednesday, October 29, 1947
AYALA FOUND GUILTY AND PENALTY SET AT 3
YEARS IN PRISON
FARMER IS TRIED IN CONNECTION WITH FATAL
SHOOTING OF VYERS
John Ayala, Emhouse
tenant farmer, was found guilty of murder without malice and was
assessed three years in the penitentiary by the jury in its verdict
returned to A, P. Mays, district judge, shortly before noon Thursday.
He was tried in
connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Vyers, also of Emhouse,
July 22, this year, at a house located on the farm on which Ayala and
his large family resided.
defense attorney, stated Thursday afternoon a, motion for a new trial
would be filed in behalf of Ayala within the required two days period.
Ayala entered a plea
of innocence when arraigned Wednesday morning.
concluded Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The charge of the court was
presented at the beginning of the night session and the arguments of
attorneys, one and one-half hours to the side, were given Wednesday
State's attorneys to
argue the case were David Ralston, special prosecutor; Charles T.
Banister, county attorney, and J. C. Roe, special prosecutor and former
county attorney. Defense attorneys to speak included Matt Dawson,
Doyle Pevehouse and Tom L. Tyson.
The jury came into
the court Thursday morning at 10 o'clock and reported to Judge Mays that
it was unable to agree on a verdict. Judge Mays ordered the jury to
return to its rooms and resume deliberations.
A recheck of
testimony carried in yesterday's paper showed that evidence given by
Claude Maggard should have read Colquitt's reputation was "bad as hell,"
not Vyers' reputation, as carried.
concluded at 3 p.m. Wednesday, when the defense rested, and five minutes
later the state also announced it was resting. Judge Mays immediately
began the preparation of his charge to the jury.
Juanita Ayala, wife
of the defendant, was the first witness in the afternoon. She
corroborated other testimony about accompanying her husband to Corsicana
the morning previous to the tragedy and of their movements until they
returned home about noon. She said her husband had never been convicted
of a felony in this or any other state.
The defendant and his wife both testified
through Manuel Santos interpreter.
Ayala and his wife exchanged a pair of shoes at
a store and had parts fixed for a cultivator and started home from
Corsicana about 11 a. m., stopping in Emhouse to get a stove.
Ayala said he was 47 years old—was married and
the father of 12 children. He had farmed and cut wood since grown, and
told of the various farms on which he had resided. He said he had known
Vyers since before Christmas last year and that the only dealings he had
ever had with the deceased was the purchasing of whiskey from him
several times, Ayala said he knew Vyers carried a knife with him at all
His testimony was about his movements in the
morning were substantially as that given by his wife, except he added
that he purchased a quart of wine from an unknown bootlegger in
Corsicana. He then told of getting the stove at an Emhouse store,
stopping at the Tinkle filling station for oil and gas, the request and
his acquiescence in giving Vyers and Tinkle drinks from his quart of
Tells of Poker Game.
The defendant said the deceased asked to play
poker and he agreed to play awhile before going to work, and that Vyers
exhibited a $100 bill. Ayala said Vyers arrived at his (Ayala’s) home
about 10 minutes after he got home.
Vyers and Ayala had played about 30 minutes when
Colquitt joined them in the two-room house in the Ayala field, and a $10
bill had disappeared.
Ayala said he owed Vyers $3 and had put up the
$10 as security, and after they were unable to find the bill on the
blanket, he (Ayala) put up another $10 and Vyers gave him the change.
He said Colquitt was there when the second $10 was put up. He said
there had been no argument but he asked for the $10 three times and then
Vyers got mad and made a dive for something at his pocket and Ayala said
that Vyers threatened to kill him and cursed him, calling him a “dirty
Afraid of Vyers.
Ayala said he was afraid of Vyers, was
nervous and got his gun and shot him one time.
“ I was not mad at him, I was scared,” the
Ayala said he picked up the cards after the
shooting, told his boys boys what happened and sent them to telephone
the law. The state did not cross-examine either Ayala or his wife.
Newell Tinkle was
recalled and testified that Vyers assaulted him (Tinkle) one time,
kicking him in the face and breaking his nose. Under
cross-examination, Tinkle also said he had seen Vyers run when hemmed
C. J. Johnson testified Vyers was overbearing,
as did Mike Edwards.
Tells of Trouble.
R. L. Vandygriff, 260-pounder, was
recalled and testified about trouble with the deceased at
his Vogue café late in 1946. Vandygriff said Vyers was drunk and almost
fell from a stool. He asked him to leave since officers might arrest
him and he returned an hour or an hour and one-half later, asked for a
Coca-Cola, then hit Vandygriff with the jaws of a knife on the head and
ran. Vandygriff said he caught Vyers, knocked him to the sidewalk and
later knocked him into Beaton street off the curb. Vandygriff said he (Vandygriff)
was slashed across the nose twice with a knife during the trouble.
Vandygriff denied under cross-examination, of
frequent trouble at his place of business, and admitted that he (Vandygriff)
had bitten a chunk out of Vyers during their fight. The witness said he
came to the courthouse to file a complaint but found out that Vyers had
already gone to the city hall on the matter.
Joe Dixon, Emhouse, said he sold Vyers a new
deck of cards the day of the shooting.
G. D. Gillen, Blooming Grove, was called to the
stand, but since he had been in the courtroom, a state motion to exclude
his testimony was sustained by the court.
Joe Bradley, Rice, said the defendant had
a good reputation when he lived on his farm, and Raymond Worsham,
recalled, said Vyers’ reputation was overbearing.
W. M. Gray, Emhouse said he had known the
deceased 20 years and had known him to be both good and kind and
dangerous and overbearing. This testimony was also stricken by Judge
Mays on objections presented by the state.
Inez Ayala, almost 18 years of age, daughter of
the defendant, one of the 12 children of the family, said she knew Bob
Vyers and that she had talked to him on the road a couple of weeks
before the trouble. She said the deceased asked her about her dad, the
crops and “tried to make love to me.” The latter was stricken from the
Record on the objections leveled by the state.
The courtroom was fairly full of interested
spectators at both sessions of the court, but was not as crowded as is
generally seen at murder trials here.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, October 30,
A motion for a new trial in the case of
the State of Texas vs. John Ayala was filed with the district clerk
Friday. Defense Attorneys Tyson, Dawson and Dawson and Doyle Pevehouse
set up two grounds.
1. That the verdict was contrary to and not
supported by the evidence.
2. That the verdict was contrary to and not
supported by the law applicable to such cases.
Ayala was found guilty Thursday noon by a jury
on an indictment for murder without malice in connection with the death
of Robert Vyers, July 22, and was given a three-year sentence in the
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, November 1,
John Ayala Out On Bond Pending Appeal
A motion for a new
trial for John Ayala was denied by A. P. Mays, judge of the Thirteenth
Judicial District court Saturday and notice of appeal to the Court of
Criminal Appeals was made. The defendant was released from jail on bond
of $3.000 to await the outcome of the appeal.
Ayala was found
guilty of murder without malice and was assessed a term of three years
in the jury verdist. The verdict was received October 30 and was in
connection with the fatal shooting of Robert Vyers of Emhouse, July 22,
this year, four miles northeast of Ernhouse.
was handled by Roe and Ralston, special prosecutors, and Chas. T.
Banister and Seton T. Holsey, county attorney and assistant,
respectively. The defendant was represented by Tyson, Dawson and Dawson
and Doyle Pevehouse.
Neither side sought
a continuance on the first call of the case for trial.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 1,
Ayala Sentence Affirmed Today By High
sentence given John Ayala in district court here last fall for the fatal
shooting of an Emhouse farmer was affirmed by the court of criminal
appeals in Austin Wednesday.
The information was
contained in an Associated Press dispatch. Ayala, a Latin-American, was
indicted by Navarro County Grand Jury on August 20, 1947, charged with
murder in the slaying of Robert Vyers during a poker game at an
abandoned farm house near Emhouse. He was tried before Judge A. P. Mays
and convicted of murder without malice on October 29, 1947, drawing a
three-year prison term.
Attorneys Jerry Roe
and David Ralston were employed as special prosecutors in the case.
The appeal court
said it could not consider the appellant's bills of exceptions in the
absence of a showing in the court record of time extension permitted for
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, June 17, 1948
John Ayala Back Behind Bars As New Trial
Latin-American now under a three-year prison sentence in the poker-game
slaying of Bob Vyers at Emhouse July 22, 1947, was back behind bars
Saturday after several months liberty.
Avala had been free
on bond pending appeal, which proved unsuccessful. The criminal court
of appeals in Austin last Wednesday upheld the Navarro District Court,
denied him a new trial.
committment papers were prepared by District Clerk J. C. Gaston
Saturday, and Sheriff David Castles announced that Ayala surrendered
into the officer's custody.
It was not known when Ayala would be transported
to prison. He was convicted by a jury here last October. Vyers was shot
to death in a shack near Emhouse during a poker game. Ayala had claimed
The Corsicana Daily
Sun - Saturday, November 13, 1948
The court of
criminal appeals in Austin Wednesday denied John Ayala's request for
leave to file a second motion for a rehearing in his murder case. The
court previously had denied the Emhouse Latin-American a new trial. He
is under a three-year prison sentence in the fatal shooting of Bob Vyers
at Emhouse July 22, 1947
The Corsicana Daily Sun – Wednesday, November 17,
Jester Grants 60-Day Reprieve For John
Gov. Beauford Jester
has approved a 60-day emergency reprieve for John Ayala, convicted
slayer of Bob Vyers on July 22, 1947, Sheriff Castles announced
Ayala, who recently
was committed to the county jail pending transfer to the penitentiary,
was immediately released by the sheriff upon receipt, of a telegram from
William L. McGill, executive secretary to the governor. The telegram
advised the sheriff that Ayala, who lost two attempts for a new trial in
the appeals court, "must voluntarily return to jail for transfer to
Huntsville at the expiration of the 60 days."
A proclamation from
the governor is expected at any time, but no reason was set forth in the
telegram for the sudden reprieve.
farmer, was fatally shot during a poker game in a shack near Emhouse.
Ayala claimed self-defense during the trial over a year ago. He was
found guilty of murder without malice and assessed a three-year prison
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, November 18,
John Ayala, convicted of murder in
connection with the fatal shooting of Bob Vyers of Emhouse in 1947, was
back in the county jail after a 60-day reprieve, Monday, Ayala was
sentenced to three years.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 17, 1949
Sheriff David Castles left Wednesday
morning for Huntsville with John Ayala, where the Latin-American will
begin serving a 3-year term in connection with the 1947 slaying of Bob
Vyers of Emhouse. Ayala had been granted two temporary reprieves.
The Corsicana Daily Sun – Wednesday, February 9,
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