The swiftness of the police investigation is to be admired and three days after the fatal shooting, Pattison was on trial before a Jury.
Deputy DA, Louis C Rush cross examined Mrs Pattison who made a confession, complete to the last detail. Throughout the ordeal she betrayed little emotion although her face was flushed and she did not lift her eyes from the floor.
During Margaret’s testimony, “her aged husband sat a few feet distant, held a handkerchief over his face and sobbed.” Pattison himself did not testify.
A coroner’s jury upheld the “unwritten law” yesterday afternoon and returned a verdict of “justifiable homicide”.
In spite of the verdict, DA John A Rush will file against Pattison an information charging him with murder in the first degree. A trial date was set for 29th March.
source: The Denver Post, Friday 12 March, 1915 page 1. (Genealogy Bank).