The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, Colorado, Friday, March 21, 1930
SLAYERS WILL PLEAD GUILTY Manter bank bandits tell Phelps They Are Ready to Die for Murder of Deputy During Gun Battle at Eads
DENVER, March 20.—(AP)—Three Manter bank bandits today told District Attorney J. Arthur, of Pueblo, who will prosecute them, that they would plead guilty to first degree murder charges in connection with the slaying of Deputy Sheriff Carl H. Heckman. “You men know the death penalty can be inflicted if you plead guilty, don’t you?” Phelps warned them. “Yes,” said Claude Ray, speaking also for John Walker and Andrew Halliday. “We understand that but there is no use for us to fight. We have no money to hire an attorney and we don’t want to make any more trouble for the law.” The three men said they would tell the entire story of the robbery of the Manter, Kas. Bank last Friday and the resultant slaying of one peace officer and three others in their dual back and forth across Colorado-Kansas line in their attempted getaway. Phelps will take a complete statement from the bandits at the county jail tomorrow. Denver police and Roy Best, acting head of the state police both received request today from Houston, Tex., authorities to determine whether to determine whether Ray bore any tattoo marks on his arms. An examination of the man was disclosed no marks other than scars on his left arm received when he attempted to lead a jail break at the Missouri penitentiary four years ago. Ray declared he had never been in Houston.
NOTE: This is the first time that Roy Best is mention. Roy Best later becomes the Warren of the Colorado State Penitentiary at Canon City.