Huron, SD--The joint murder trial of J. L. Sutton and Mable McDermaid Ford, charged with killing Nels Olson, Huron brewery worker, in a robbery last summer, approached its end today...Olsen made a deathbed statement naming the two as his assailants...Mrs. Ford, a resident of Huron, is believed to be the first woman ever tried for murder in this county. Sutton's old home is in Sparks, GA but has been living in Onida, SD for a year and a half. Both defendants are 22.
11/24/1934 abstracted Olson was mortally wounded the evening of August 25. Sutton and Mrs. Ford joined Olson and Pearl Ward at Olson's house and there was drinking. Then they went for a ride. Olson got out of the car between Huron and Wolsey. Leaving Olson there, the party started back to Huron, and Pearl Ward was beaten and robbed and left lying in a ditch. Sutton and Mrs. Ford returned and hit Olson on the head with a blunt instrument, fracturing his skull, and robbed him.
12/1/1934 On the same day (Thursday), but much closer to home at Huron, SD, in the drab living room of the Beadle County Jail building Mabel McDermaid Ford became the bride of John L. Sutton at one of the most colorless ceremonies this state has ever witnessed.
12/6/1934 HURON--M/M John L. Sutton, who were married here on Thanksgiving Day, left today on their trip, a trip that will end at the penitentiary at Sioux Falls. Both were sentenced to 4 years in prison for 2nd degree manslaughter...It will be the second penitentiary term for Mrs. Sutton, who was convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses and was sent to prison about 3 years ago.
Nels Olson died August 31st from the injuries incurred August 25.