The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Friday July 3, 1908 page 8 column 2 article 2
NOT BLAMED FOR SON'S DEATH Aged Flushing Man Exonerated by Coroner's Jury.
Stabbing of George McKenna an Accident—Death Really Due to Alcoholism. At Jamaica yesterday a coroner ' s jury held an inquest into the death of George F. McKenna of Flushing, who died In the hospital there on June 25, after having sustained a knife wound In the hip on the Tuesday previous during a struggle with his father. The Jury decided that the actual cause of the younger McKenna's death was alcoholism and that his father was in no way at fault. The verdict was based upon the evidence of Mrs. McKenna. the widow, who testified that her husband was under the influence of liquor continuously for five weeks prior to the time he was injured. and that of Coroner's Physician Flynn; that McKenna's condition; owingto his excessive use of liquor, was such that any wound, however slight, might have proved fatal. The testimony showed that McKenna returned home in an intoxicated condition and picked a quarrel with his father. The latter twice the room to avoid" trouble with his son, but finally returned and, seating himself at the table, began to carve some meat. The son renewed his attack and finally charged his wife with taking more pains to cook for his father than for him. The elder McKenna, who still held the carving knife, replied, half jestingly, that If George was not careful he might throw the knife at him. The son thereupon sprang up and made an effort to wrench the knife from his father, and in the struggle the blade was plunged into the young man's hip.The mother of the dead man testified that the stabbing was an accident. She further said that the son told her he believed it to be accidental when he was at the hospital. She, together with the wife, declared that the young man had been drunk for some time and that he was suffering from delirium tremens when taken to the hospital. The wife of the deceased showed no disposition to blame her father-in-law."If the man was in proper condition," said Dr. Flynn. "no such wound would prove dangerous. I am not related and have NO other information