THIS case exhibits a most cruel and treacherous crime -- the assassination of a fellow-creature, at the very moment when the murderer had been proffered his assistance.
William Moulds was indicted for the wilful murder of William Turner, by shooting him on the king's highway, near Farnham, on the 18th of May, 1810. The prisoner was a soldier in the 62d regiment, from which he deserted from Winchester, accompanied by two females, of the names of Elizabeth Roper and Mary Fisher. As he was on the road, he declared to them that he must have some man's clothes, to prevent his being taken as a deserter, and he would shoot some one to get them. As they went along they were joined by the deceased; and, after some conversation about a bed, he told them they should have some straw in his brother's barn at Farnham. The deceased was walking a few yards before with Elizabeth Roper, when the prisoner fired at him with his musket, and the ball entered his back. He had, however, strength enough to run to Farnham, when he reached the house of a Mr. Bott, a surgeon; he lived two days, and then expired. A party of soldiers were sent out in pursuit of the prisoner, and he was apprehended. The deceased saw him, and identified his person, before he died. After he had shot the deceased, one of the girls fainted, and he and the other took her into an adjoining clover field. Here he declared he was sure that the ball must have entered the man's body, and he could not have run above twenty yards, and he wished he had gone back to have had his money and clothes.
The jury found no hesitation in finding him guilty; and the judge immediately passed on him the sentence of the law. He was executed at the New Prison, Horsemonger Lane, August the 16th, 1810.