Prosecution's argument in H.Vanover accused of murdering James Roberts. 31 July 1885 The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

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tiOUHTAIH MURDERS Henry YanoTer on Trial at Whitesburgh For Killing James Roberts. PARTICULARS OP THE TRAGEDY. Erief History of trie Knott Comity War With lu Eloody Details. Ambuscades and Sieges, Charges and Counter-charges. Peace Officers and Cntlaws Indiscrim inately Mixed Up in Fatal Fends. fCorrespondence of the Courier-Journal 1 Whitisbuiioh, Kr., July 24. The case of the Commonwealth against Henry Van-over, charged with the murder of James Roberts, was taken up at 10 o'clock to-day. and a jury, as follows, impaneled: Wil son Lewis, Albert Maude, Monroe Kraxier, J. L. Ilolcomb, J. N. Thompson, Oeorge Ison. Randolph Polley, George Green, Wm. Wells, H. 11. Breeding, James Collins, and J. C. Ilogg. Very little trouble was experienced in procuring at jury, tbe panel being made up before noon, aud it is pronounced a first-class jury. The testimony for the Com- raonweiliii was finished, and several witnesses for the defense were examined, to day. The history of tbis trouble soemsto be about this: Young Roberte being a rather reckless young feiiow, would oocaaiouaily get a Utile too much "pine-top and ia order to "show hi manhood," would fir off his pistol on the public highway, aud had been kaown to visit houses of ill-fame. The accused appears to have taken soma exceptions to the young man's conduct, be having paaaed oa tbe road, near Vanover's house, on one or two occasions, firing off bis pistol, and bad visited a house of iil-repuCe ou the premises of the accused, who made, frequently, offensive allusions to deceased's character, which turns out to be that of a peaceable man, and with exception of weaknesses above-mentioned, good. On the morning of the day on which Roberts lost bis life, bis employer, Ira Mul-lms, sent bim down tbe road leading by, or near by, the house of Vauover. to look after some cattle belonging to Mullins. Paining the road near by where Vanover lives, he tired off his pistol, and continued firing oa down the road, but always firing in the air, to eye-wituesses testify. TBI KlLLlJtO. It is said that Vauover Cred two shots from his houae, and in company with hia brother, Elijah Vanover, lint arming theiuseives with a gun and pistol, proceeded to the , road, and placed themselves in ambush, and oa the return of young Roberta, who was galloping up the road on bis mule, holdmg his hat on his head with, bis left baud aad the bridle roin and his pistol in bis right, fired, aud Roberts galloped on up tbe road some hundred and fifty yards, aud fell from bis mule aud died. The bail bud taken effect in his left side under the arm. a little back. Parties witnessing tbe scene went to the prostrate form of Roberts aad called for as- Bistaace, when the accused inquired: "Did 1 get tbe d n negro!' ' The defense claim to be able to pfove threats from Roberts. Cow far they will succeed remains to be seen, and will be duly reported, together with the verdict when reached. Heury Vanover's coadjutor and brother, Elijah Vanover, immudiately escaped the oounty, and bas not yet been arrested.

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