William Edward Hickman received a death sentence on Feburary 14, 1928, for the murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker. Autopsy Surgeon Andrew F. Wagner and psychiatrist Dr. Cecil E. Reynolds submitted a brief testimony before the sentence was announced by Judge Trabucco.
Deputy Sheriff Claude Peters was special guard to William Edward Hickman during his extradition from Oregon in 1927 through his 1928 trial. Hickman remained in the custody of Peters, along with Jailer Frank Dewar and Undersheriff Eugene Biscailuz, before his transfer to San Quentin prison, March 1928. Hickman was executed on October 19, 1928.
Photograph of William Edward Hickman, charged with the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker, in handcuffs, surrounded by (l to r:) Deputy Sheriff Claude Peters, Assistant Jailer Roy Bogle and Jailer Frank Dewar. An additional officer is obscured by Dewar. They stand outside of a jail cell at the Los Angeles county jail. A January 1928 calendar hangs opposite a directive painted on the tiled wall. It reads: "Notice. Attorneys - bondsman and others having business in attorney room must not stand around and obstruct the officers view of prisoners. Place your order for your client and then take a seat at the vising table."
Welby Hunt, 16-year-old accomplice in the murder of C. Ivy Toms, seated next to George Contreras, Chief Investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Hunt sits at a table with pencil and notepad. He appears to be providing a writing sample. Text written on the notepad states: "Welby L. Hunt. Jan 5, 1928, Los Angeles, Calif." The two men looming over them are probably handwriting experts (one of the men may be Milton Carson, a handwriting expert noted in a related Los Angeles Time article).
Overell was likely a spectator at the trial of William Edward Hickman, tried for the kidnap and murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker in December of 1927. Hickman’s trial began January 25 and ended less than two weeks later. He was executed at San Quentin, October 19, 1928.