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Eugene Kenny On Trial in Boyle Slaying
Political Argument in Saloon Fatal

Jersey Journal
December 3, 1951

On a murder indictment arising from the death March 3 of Thomas P. (Buddy) Boyle, 23, deputy city tax collector, during a quarrel, Eugene V. Kenny, 26, of 19 Erie St., went on trial before Judge August Ziegener and a jury in county court today.

The state, represented by First Assistant Prosecutor William W. Wimmer, will seek to prove Kenny, who is not related to Mayor John V. Kenny, was angered at Boyle after a political argument in a saloon at the Erie Street address over which he lived. The state asserts he procured a pistol from a shelf in the tavern kept there for possible in holdups, followed Boyle to the sidewalk and shot him. He told detectives after his arrest that Boyle had punched him. An ironical angle of the slaying was a notice written (in) soap on a mirror behind the bar reading "No political arguments allowed."

Boyle was the son of the late Freeholder Thomas Boyle, leader of the Second Ward for many years and a boyhood friend of Mayor Kenny. During the depression of the 1930s he became known throughout the county for his work in getting food, fuel and clothing for families of unemployed men, frequently staying on the streets all night to see that none went hungry. His slain son followed in his footsteps and was deputy leader of the same ward

Kenny was employed by the Jersey City Board of Education in the maintenance department.

Bennet A. Robbins, regarded as one of the state's foremost criminal lawyers, is defense counsel.

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