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This Day in Georgia History

August 11, 1913

Leo Frank Trial Day 13

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

On the thirteenth day in the trial of Leo Frank, his defense called several medical experts to contradict the testimony of Dr. Roy Harris, secretary of the State Board of Health who had examined Mary Phagan’s corpse. The defense witnesses said Harris was merely guessing at the time of death and that Phagan had been sexually violated, as there was insufficient evidence to substantiate either claim. Herbert Schiff, an assistant to Frank, again asserted that the financial work done by Frank on the day of the murder was time consuming; it could have easily taken 3 1/2 hours to complete. Schiff also testified that Jim Conley was a very unreliable worker and that other employees had complained about him numerous times.