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This Day in Georgia History

August 01, 1913

Leo Frank Trial Day 5

To view an image of Leo Frank at his trial, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

During the fifth day of the trial of Leo Frank, Dr. Roy Harris, who had examined Mary Phagan’s body, testified that she had died within an hour of eating her last meal of cabbage and bread - meaning she died sometime in the hour between twelve and one o’clock. He also said the head wounds were caused by a human fist. After suffering a fainting spell, Dr. Harris had to leave the stand before completing his testimony. Assistant factory superintendent N.V. Darley said Frank was nervous the day of the murder, but that this wasn’t unusual. Darley said he had seen Frank talking to Gantt and assumed this accounted for his nervousness. Darley’s testimony was marked by more bitter clashes between prosecutor Dorsey and defense attorney Rosser. Maggie White, wife of one of the machinists working at the factory April 26th, testified she went to the factory twice that day to visit her husband. She had seen Leo Frank both times, the second time around 12:30 in his office. He had his back turned to her and was startled when she walked in, but then told her it was fine to go see her husband. She said she left shortly before 1:00 and saw a Negro hiding behind some boxes on the first floor.