St Johns (Arizona) Herald 18 Aug 1887 page 2
From various sources we learn that it is generally believed that J. V. Brighton was, and is, employed as a detective by the Stock Association Association of Apache county. Know-ing Know-ing that this Association represents the bulk of taxes paid annually to our county, and that it likewise represents the best element of our citizens law-abiding and interested interested in the interests and welfare of the county, wo cannot refrain from giving the Association that justice which in all fairness it justly deserves. deserves. We know the Association does not sanction murder whether invoked by .Brighton or any one else nor do the encourage it by any influence or backing. We learn 1 from the Association that Brighton is not, nor has he been employed as a detective by them, and whatever authority he has been invested with has come from the Sheriff in the shape of a deputyship, and he has had no other consideration as an encouragement in his acts, save the $250 reward ofFered by the Association, Association, and what the county might allow liirn for services as such offi cer. The Stock Association is not re sponsible for the acts of Brighton, and if he stands charged with mur der, he alone must answer to the Territorial authorities for his crime, which, no doubt he will ere long be compelled to do, and we hope the time is not far distant. We have no desire to defend Mr. Brighton or his colleague, this they must do themselves by showing their act was not criminal but jus tifiable, and if they fail in this they must stand charged with murder, cold and malicious. The property of the stockman is an easy prey the most vigilant eye cannot protect it where thieves in fest the country, and that ho should use every honorable means to pro tect his possessions is but natural and what should be expected. But no one can believe that they would hire, barter or encourage a blood thirsty villain in prowling around the country in promiscuous mur ders and assassinations.