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Looking Back: May Drop Charges Against Hillman 

Looking Back

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Excerpt from November 24, 1920, Paso Robles Star

By agreement between counsel the criminal charges against Clarence D. Hillman, owner of the Estrella ranch, and Kay McKay, accused of conspiracy to defraud Edward Wineman, wealthy San Luis Obispo rancher, were continued for trial until February 28.

The date was agreed upon at the conference in the court of Judge Michael Roche of San Francisco. Attorney Theodore Be’l represented the defendants. Judge Isadora Golden the district attorney’s office and Attorney William Kelly, McKay.

The indictment charged conspiracy to defraud and grand larceny. Civil suit for the recovery of property involved in this deal was compromised recently and the impression prevails around the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, that the criminal prosecution will be dropped.

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