State of Missouri vs. John, a slave the property of James Moore
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The State
vs Indicted for Larceny
John (a slave)

Be it remembered that on the
trial of this cause the state in support
of the prosecution failed to give sufficient evidence
that the property in the defendant
John was in James Morre as is
charged in the indictment and the
Defendant on his part produced and
gave in evidence a bill of sale con
-veying the Defendant to Robert
Morre Alexander Moore and
Nelson Moore and thereupon the
Defendant by his counsel moved
the Court to instruct the jury that
if they beleived from the evidence
that the Defendant John at the
time of the indictment being found
was not the slave of James Morre
as charged in the indictment
that they should send the Defendant