Willard J. Doyle - Minister - Defendants Evidence

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Willard J. Doyle - Minister - Defendants Evidence

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THE COURT: This witness is the remaining witness Mr. Nedeff has for defendant Richard Hobbs on his direct testimony. You may examine, Mr. Nedeff.

WILLARD J. DOYLE , a witness called on behalf of defendant Richard Hobbs,
being duly sworn by the court, testified as follows:


Q. Rev. Doyle, tell the court your name.

A. Willard J. Doyle, 313 North Grant, Indianapolis.

Q. What is your occupation?

A. I am a minister.

Q. Where is your church located?

A. 4110 East New York, the corner of New York and Grant.

Q. How far is that from 310 North Denny Street?

A. Two blocks, I believe.

Q. What is the name of your church?

A. Grace Methodist.

Q. How many parishioners do you have there?

A. I have a thousand members.

Q. How long have you been the pastor of that church?

A. Three years.

Q. Rev. Doyle, I will ask you if you are acquainted with the Hobbs family?

A. Yes, I am,

Q. Do you know the children?

A. Yes, I know them all.

Q. Did you know Mrs. Hobbs in her lifetime?

A. Yes, I did.

Q. Do you know Mr. Hobbs?

A. Yes, very well.

Q. Have you ever visited in their home?

A. Yes, I have.

Q. How often?

A. Well, a number of times.

Q. Now, Richard attends your church? Does he participate in any activities there at the church?

A. Yes, during the time of my ministry he has been very regular at worship service and Sunday School and Methodist Youth Fellowship evenings.

Q. How many members are in Youth Fellowship?

A. We have a regular evening attendance, I suppose, between fifteen and twenty in that group.

Q. Do other members of Richard's family, brothers and sisters, attend your church?

A. Yes.

Q. Do they participate actively?

A. The family is all very active.

Q. The children, other than attending services in your church, do they engage in any activities?

A. Two girls sing in the choir, three teach Sunday School classes. They are all active in the total life of the church.

Q. You say you visited there in the home?

A. Yes.

Q. Now, can you describe Richard Hobbs's home?

A. Well, I have no better family in the church. The home is a Christian home, where there always seemed to me to be good fellowship, love and understanding. It is an average home, as far as furnishings go.

Q. Now, Ricky not only attends your church, but engages in activities there in the church. Have you ever observed him there in the church in the Methodist Youth Fellowship, engaging in activities, Sunday School and Methodist Youth Fellowship, you have had an opportunity of observing him there?

A. Yes, I have.

Q. Now, has his conduct, his discipline ever come to your attention, which you thought was improper?

A. No, sir.

Q. Now, being the pastor of that church, tell the court and jury Ricky's reputation for telling the truth and for veracity.

A. This was never a matter of any question in our church.

Q. Did you ever see him or know any act of cruelty he would commit?

A. No, I have not.

Q. How long have you known Ricky?

A. Three years.

MR. NEDEFF: No other questions.

MR. NEW: No questions, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Defendant Gertrude Baniszewski?

MR. ERBECKER: No questions, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Paula Marie Baniszewski?

MR. RICE: We have nothing.

MR. BOWMAN: No questions.

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