George Martin - Neighbor

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George Martin - Neighbor

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MR. NEDEFF: The next witness will be George Martin.

THE COURT: Let the record show Marjorie Wessner in the courtroom now. Have you been sworn, Mr. Martin?

WITNESS: No, sir.


GEORGE MARTIN , a witness called on behalf of the defendant Richard Hobbs,
being duly sworn by the court, testified as follows:


Q. Mr. Martin, tell the court your name and address.

A. George Martin, 309 North Denny Street.

Q. 309 North Denny Street. Where is that in relation to the home of Richard Hobbs?

A. Directly across the street.

Q. Do you know the defendant in this action, Richard Dean Hobbs?

A. I do.

Q. How long have you known him?

A. All his life.

Q. How long have you lived in that neighborhood?

A. Twenty-seven years.

Q. Do you also know the rest of the members of the Richard Hobbs family?

A. I do.

Q. Do you know how many brothers and sisters he has?

A. He has got four brothers and four sisters.

Q. Do you know his father?

A. I do.

Q. Were you acquainted with his mother?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Now, to your own knowledge, do you know any act of cruelty or indignity Richard Hobbs has done there in that neighborhood, other than what he is charged with here?

A. I do not.

Q. Could you tell the court what type of neighbor Richard Hobbs was, as a neighbor boy?

A. He was courteous, he was accommodating.

Q. What do you mean by accommodating?

A. Well, several times I - during the large snows - I had a two to three foot drift alongside of the house. I had to shovel out once before I could get in and one time the car was snowed in the drift. I had to shovel out before I could get the car out. I was shoveling and Richard, on his own, came over and helped me shovel it out. I did not ask him. He just volunteered. When we were through, I asked what I owed him and he said I did not owe him anything, he did not want to accept anything for it. There have been several times that my wife has needed something from the store and he has gone to the store for her, ran errands.

Q. Did you ever hear him swear or curse?

A. No, sir.

Q. Now, Mr. Martin, what is your occupation now?

A. Special Police Officer, Arsenal Technical High School.

Q. Prior to that occupation, what kind of work did you do?

A. I was an Indianapolis policeman twenty-four years.

Q. How long?

A. Twenty-four years.

Q. Now, knowing Ricky Hobbs all his life, how would you classify him as a neighbor?

MR. NEW: We object.

THE COURT: Sustained.

Q. Have you ever had occasion to hear his mother or father or brothers or sisters calling for him to come home?

MR. NEW: We object.

THE COURT: Sustained.

Q. From your own knowledge, do you know if he attended church?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Do you know which church?

A. Grace Methodist, I believe it is.

Q. Have you had occasion to observe his conduct in discipline by his parents, his mother or father or older brothers and sisters?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. What would that, to your knowledge, be?

MR. NEW: We object.

THE COURT: Sustained.

Q. Do you know of your own knowledge whether he was a good boy or bad boy?

MR. NEW: We object.

THE COURT: You are right, but overruled, yes or no?

A. Yes.

Q. What would your answer be?

THE COURT: The answer was "Yes" to that question.

MR. NEDEFF: No other questions.

MR. NEW: No questions, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Defendant Gertrude Baniszewski?

MR. ERBECKER: No questions.

THE COURT: Defendant Paula Marie?

MR. RICE: No questions.

THE COURT: Coy Hubbard and John Stephan Baniszewski?

MR. BOWMAN: No questions.


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