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100 years ago in Spokane: Murder trial starts for former deputy sheriff who shot and killed father and son outside pool hall

Charles A. Palmer, a former deputy sheriff and twice candidate for sheriff, went on trial for murder, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 7, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archvies)
Charles A. Palmer, a former deputy sheriff and twice candidate for sheriff, went on trial for murder, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 7, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archvies)

Charles A. Palmer, a former deputy sheriff and twice candidate for sheriff, went on trial for murder.

The shooting took place outside of a pool hall in Milan, north of Spokane. Palmer claims he went into the pool hall and found a “group of young fellows” engaged in drinking.

Palmer “protested at their conduct,” which allegedly raised their ire. Several of them followed Palmer out of the place.

Palmer claimed that they then attacked him. He drew a revolver and started shooting. One young man, George Verbeck, died instantly. His father, Nils Verbeck, was also struck by a bullet in the neck, The elder Verbeck lived for several weeks but died in a Spokane hospital.

Palmer was expected to mount a case for self-defense.

From the auto beat: The city passed a new law banning “glaring headlights” on autos and the mayor vowed “no quarter” for violators.

“Anyone driving a car with glaring headlights after June 10 will be pinched,” said the mayor.

He said that auto owners had a half-dozen ways of making their lights safe. They could put anti-glare lenses on their headlights — or simply tilt the lights forward.

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