In the paper in Noble county THE JOUNAL this was written.
The county's third murder case began on July 16, 1952, when Cleveland Carpenter of Beaver Township died following as alteration with Roy J. Cline and his son Francis.The argument began when Carpenter appeared at the Cline farm to retrieve a bull which had breached a line fence.A fight allegedly ensued.Carpenter's widow claimed the elder Cline had struck the victim with a stick.The Journal quotedCline as saying, "I hit him with my fist, that's all."He further asserted that Carpenter had come at him with a hammer.Carpenter collapsed and died a few minutes later. Both Roy and Francis Cline were areested and charged with second degree murder.When their trial began in late September, the charge was down to first degree manslaughter.The prosecution case was weaked by an autopsyfinding that Carpenter, who had a history of heart disease, had died of a heart attack. The trial ended when the attorneys agreed on a reduced charge of assault and battery.Roy Cline recieved a fifty dollar fine, and Francis drewsix months probation.