Why Berner Died

San Francisco Chronicle, April 2, 1891

The trial of William Sullivan, charged with the murder of shoemaker Berner, on Bernal Heights, in March of last year, was resumed in Judge Troutt's court yesterday. Drs. McDermott and Baumeister testified that they had treated Berner for pneumonia contracted several weeks after his row with Sullivan, and that he died from the effects of that disease.

Sullivan, when put on the stand in his own behalf, denied that part of his written statement made to Detectives Hogan and Cody, in which he confessed to have struck Berner. He swore that Michael Dolan, who has been made a co-defendant and who made a similar confession, implicated Sullivan and himself, was not present at the time of the row. The trial will go on to-morrow.