Clipped From The Checotah Times

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i-g^fter We^^hen he returned'also V^^^ °^ business and dig- ^^^^^"T^ to Thd st4te brought out the evident Punishment Assessed as Death. "Will Mayes was found guilty of thfe'murder of K. H. Shepherd, the Br^h Hill Bi6rehanty in the district court at Eufaula , Saturday and his pumshment Was a^essed ai death, says -the, Indian Journal. Shepherd, one of the wealthiest sua^ best known men in the county was I ratihiered^ last November in his! at Brush Hill, early one even- Ju.„ L ^. „^Ul8o ses- C. in that the defendaiit, WilVlIayes, accompanied by a negro youth, by! ^,»mi,ax..cva » .avgw J .fense the name of Mims, were the men j iiiat were burglarizingtlie store and Mr. Shepherd baring known the defendants for years was shot by them to keep him from recognis­ ing them or if he had already rec- lognized them, "dead men tell no tales."' - ; County Attorney E. I. Olleiily ,9pened the argument for the state and in a very forcible mwmer followed a chain of evidence from the time they ieft Checotah in the af- . |temoon, where they were heard, to Remark that they had some important business to attend to that night, on up* until the time they I reached Brush Hill and where they and purchased 20. thirty eight cartridges from another mer- chant of Brtish Hill, and how three of the cartridges were fired at Mr. Shepherd, two' of which passed .through the deceased's body and one landed in the wall above jheadj and later when'Mayes w;jas {arrested ;at his home a 38-calibre pistol. was found and seventeen loaded cartridges. It was a-diain 3 of evidence that proved the guilt; I of Ihe defendant beyond .& doubt. 'Besides the ^county, attorney had in his possession a written confeesioa from- the defendant admitting the crime, jMiiyes had also admittod liis-gmtt-^to-thfr-diCTaffVoffice -ahd .r, ' .1 .v.r,u_i,:__:_.L—M nT Tj„„. I I [to CouatyCommisaioner 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 agrainst his body and threatening ,to kill him if he did not say he was the guilty paTty. 'The negro was very ably defended: by Special Couittsl C. H; Tully -and Si M.- Rtitlierrci-d of Muskogee, both ot whom made splendid appeals in the defendant'sbehalLGol Bill CruDsp of Muskogcejind Jt B. LuQte of'Ctieobtah assisted vOdunty M'^h defendant, ^r^joth th< ,

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  1. The Checotah Times,
  2. 21 Feb 1919, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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