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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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David Herold

David Herold | Evidence | Defense | Verdict |
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators


The prosecution's case was very easily made since David Herold was found with John Wilkes Booth. The prosecution felt this was an open and shut case since Herold was with Booth then he obviously took part in the assassination. Herold also showed Lewis Powell (Payne) to the home of Secretary of State William Seward. While on the run with John Wilkes Booth, Herold bragged to one witness saying that "we are the assassinators of the president."

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Scene in the court-room in the old Penitentiary building, Washington, D.C., during the trial of the conspirators... Harold, Arnold, McLaughlin, Mudd and Surratt, before the military commission.
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