(From Waterloo Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, December 15, 1897)
That is her Plea.—She Will Be Sentenced Saturday.—Kern Indicted for Murder.
The scene was a pitiful one, as the nerves of the self-confessed murderess had completely forsaken her, and it was only by use of stimulants that she was enabled to pass through the ordeal. Four times during the afternoon prior to being brought into court she had swooned, and each time was with difficulty restored to consciousness. When she did make her appearance, her face was badly swollen with constant weeping and had lost he indifferent look which had hitherto characterized it.
After hearing the plea, Judge Clyde set Saturday morning as the time for passing sentence. It is generally believed here now she will receive the extreme penalty, imprisonment in the penitentiary for life. She says she expects no less and will be glad to have the matter settled.
All day her attorney has pleaded with her to stand trial and trust to sympathy from the jury, but she said she knew she was guilty and wanted to be relived from suspense. From her condition now, it is not believed that she could stand the ordeal of a long trial.
An indictment against William Kern was returned by the grand jury late last evening. It charges murder in the first degree.