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1924 JUNE 17 THE DENVER POST

MABEL NORMAND PROVES REAL COMEDY

 

STAR AS TRIAL OF HER CHAUFFUR

 

FINALLY BRGINS

 

 

CRACKS JOKES AT EXPENSE OF LAWYERS FOR HIS DEFENSE

 

 

TELLS OF SHOOTING OF DENVERITE

 

AT GAY HOUSE PARTY NEW YEAR AFTERNOON

 

 

Los Angeles, June 17. Every one had a good time in Superior Judge Craig’s courtroom Monday, where Horace Greer, chauffeur for Mabel Normand, screen star, went on trial for the alleged shooting of Courtland S. Dines, Denver millionaire club man, at the height of a gay New Year party in Dines’ bachelor apartment.

Miss Normand and Edna Purviance, former leading women for Charlie Chaplin, who were in Dines’ apartment when he was shot, testified as state witnesses.  They appeared to enjoy the day and “cracked” several jokes at the expense of defense attorneys.  Even Greer smiled often as the two actresses unfolded the events that led up to the alleged shooting of Dines by the actress’ chauffeur.

Testimony of Dines was presented Tuesday by reading of the transcript of the preliminary hearing testimony.  Dines telegraphed from Denver that he would be unable to leave the bedside of his father.

EDNA WEARS COOL BLUE GOWN.

Miss Purviance wore a cool blue gown with white shoes and stockings.  While she was testifying Miss Normand appeared brought to court by a subpoena.  Miss Normand was dressed in a fetching dove gray suit with a white collar.  She wore a small black hat, white hose and black shoes.  On her finger was an enormous diamond.

The jury, composed of ten women and two men, was obtained quickly.  All of the jurors said they had no interest in the two stars’ morals, reputation or picture productions.

Miss Normand, in the absence of Dines as complaining witness, assumed the role of principal witness for the prosecution.

Asked during cross-examination if there was drinking in Dines apartment during the New Year party which ended with the oil operator being shot three times, the actress admitted there had been.

“What became of the bottles?”  asked Attorney S. S. Hahn, leading counsel for Greer.

“I beg your pardon.” The actress shot out in quick reply, “there weren’t any bottles; there was only one bottle.”

Miss Normand was shown a small automatic pistol and was asked if it was her property.

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