Clipped From The McIntosh County Democrat
'punishment Assessed arDeath. 11 ^.l ^fT* ^\ yt Z f l h ^, murd<,r <> f II. Shepherd, the Brosh Hill merchant, in the dis- court at Eufaula Saturday Sand his punishment WAS assessed at f dejith, 'says the Indian Journal.' h^Shephml, one of the wealthiest and best luiownnien in the county was ..... •d hist • W;TVtmrV;cr in hm ing iifter'suppnr, when tic returned Jus place of busiwss and cOvercH some on? in the act of bur- the place I IV ^udc broitpht out tlu< evident ,-.,..,' , it Brush Hiil, early one even- that iln> defendant, Will Mayes, »<;-! conipiimcd by a negro youth, by the name of Muns, were the inen.l. .that were burglarizing the store; and Mr. Shepherd having known.! th& dcfendAnts for years was shot/ lowed a chain of evidence from the time they left Checotah jri the af-f If. by thetn to keep him from recogniz-sto ipg them or if he had already rec-; Oginzed them, "dead men tell no tales." I ..? County Attorney E. I. O'Reilly opened the argument for tlm state:t and m a very forcible manner fol-j temoon, where they were heard remark: that they had some impor-| font bud|nm1»*attend - to that ( nigfiton up until the time they reaclied Brush Hill and where they 1 Stopped and purchased 20- Shepherd, two of which passed through the deceased's body and phe landed in the wall above/hisJ Head, and later when Mayes arrested at his home a 38-calibre pistol was found and seventeen loaded cartridges. It was a chain; of evidence that proved the guilt' of the 'defendant beyond a doubt.! Besides the county attorney had in his possession a written confession 1 from the defendant admitting thel. eight cartridges from another merchant merchant of Brush Hill, and how three of the "cartridges Were fired at Mr. Mayes had-also.' admitted\ guilt to the sheriff's office and County Commissioner N. M. Bur- ton, but afterwards said he was compelled to do so on account of the officers forcing him to do so by placing a gun against his body anil threatening to kill him if he did not sayjie was the guilty party. ; The ; waa very ably defended bykj Special Counsel C. H. Tully S.'M. Rutherford of Muskogee, both of whom made splendid ap- and| .peals in the defendant's-behalf. Col [Bill Cfrump of Muskogee and J. B. Lucas of Checotah assisted Comity Attorney OTteilley in the prosecution prosecution of the defendant and both made strong appeals to the jury for the death penalty.