Houston Cotner stealing calf and murder. Dec 9, 1937 The Democrat American (Sallisaw)
Two Get Five-Year : . . Terms at Hands of . . District Court Juries Grover Hamilton was convicted of livestock, larceny, by a jury In district district court Monday and sentence set at five years In the Penitentiary at McAlester. J. L. Cremens, bn a plea of guilty to a charge of burglary was sentenced to two years by District Judge Summers. Summers. Arthur Kelly, former livestock buyer buyer of Muskogee, was convicted of giving giving a worthless check to Peter Larson Larson of Salllsaw. and was fined $250 by a jury in district court Tuesday. The check was for $1881 and was given in j payment for 33 head of steers. According to the testimony In this case, the total liabilities of Arthur Kelley. In which the $1881 chieck was Included, was something over thirty- one hundred dollars, and that he was bonded In the sum of $4,000, and. that all creditors would likely be paid under the bond. Evidently the Jury thought that a $250 fine plus the costs, were ample penalty, in view of the above facts. Houston Cotner, Albert Wallace and - George Smith, who were charged with the theft of. a calf from Wallace Tweedy, farmer, )of near Vlan, were tried before a jury In district court Wednesday, wlthj the result that Smih was acquitted and the jury failed failed to agree as to the other two. Houston Cotner is on trial today on a charge of murder In connection with the death of Jabbo Baker of Vlan. A car driven by Cotner struck Baker,- according to Information, and Baker died in a Muskogee hospital ~«hniit. a week later 1 . Houston Cotner was found guilty by the jury late Thursday afternoon, of | manslaughter in the first degree and was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. '