Murder Trial, 1900-1902
When Baker arrived in New York City, he learned there had been a new will written up by Patrick. Baker was suspicious of the will since Rice had never notified him of any changes to the one Baker had drawn up with him on September 26, 1896. This suspicion led to a long and sensational trial where Patrick's version of the will was exposed as a forgery and the scheme to kill Rice was discovered.
Thanks to Baker's diligence and authority, enough evidence against Patrick and Jones was gathered to have them arrested on October 4, 1900, and incarcerated in The Tombs. The coroner's examination of Mr. Rice's vital organs soon confirmed that he had indeed been poisoned. Valet Charlie Jones then confessed to the plot, initially pinning Patrick as having administered the chloroform, and then retiring to his cell and attempting suicide.
Patrick was found guilty of murder and forgery on March 26, 1902 and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Jones, who confessed to his part of the events, ended up being released despite being the one who had actually committed the murder. Patrick's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the governor of New York, but eventually won a full pardon in 1912.
Also in 1902, with Mr. Rice's murder trial at a close, Elizabeth Baldwin Rice's estate was at last settled by Orren Holt, with $200,000 going to her legatees. In the end, it was not possible to prove that the Rices were residents of Texas at the time of Mrs. Rice's death, which undermined the assumptions of her will. Orren Holt went on to run for mayor of Houston, and served in that position from 1902-1904.