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Smith Brother - Verdict of Justifiable Homicide Result of...
Verdict of Justifiable Homicide Result of Killing By Mount Olive Police Chief TWO BIG STILLS FOUND Ilnedal to Dallr Rml . Mount Olive, Jan, 4. At an Inquest conducted by County , Coroner C. C, Baker, of Ooldsboro, In the olty hall hero this morning at 10 o'clock Inquiring Inquiring Into the cause of the death of Berates "Smith Outlawed In Johnston county, notorious In Wejne and Duplin Duplin as a blookadar. aniTTwder bond for. appearance: In Wayne Superior court to answer ths charge of killing 'Overland 8mltn" -near -near -tiere) -tiere) several months ago. killed Instantly here FrI day night at I. o'clock by Chief of Police U. S. rage, and or the causa ot the death of his brother, Bunysn, shot at the same time by Chief Page, who died Saturday morning at 8 o'clock ln a Goldsboro hospital, the facts in ths case proved to be a follows: The Smith brothers, partially Intoxicated Intoxicated came Into town Friday afternoon afternoon about ( o'clock, went to the sales stables of Abb Pickett, with whom they had been horse trading a few days before. Here they soon fell out with one another and began to raise a -disturbance. -disturbance. Friends advised them to go home In order to avoid trouble with the city authorities. Their reply was that the whole town could not take them. Presently Chief of Police Page came up and ordered them to surrender, which they refused to do, and It was only by the timely Intervention Intervention of Bunyan, holding Bernloe back, that Policeman Page was relieved relieved or the necessity of killing Berntce then. With the arrangement of a bond for their appearance here this morning, however they were finally finally persuaded to start for home, aa It was thought, but not until they had outrageously abused Policeman Page, and cursed out the town generally. Instead of going home, however, It developed that Bernlce further armed himself with a butcher knife, and from then on, from about o'clock until until the homicide about I. they went on a violent rampage ot sous ana vindication of the town, and Policeman Policeman Page, boldly asserting that they had possession of the town, and would not be taken by anyooay ana looicing for Policeman Page, told Mayor Rob erts that they were going to take his little chief ana. lock mm up or Kin him. In the meantime Policeman Page knowing their desperate character was endeavoring to get some one to assist him In' arresting them, but all to whom he mentioned It began" with one accord to make excuses that thsy were not ready to take permanent leave of their families, and so single handed he was compelled to play hide and seek with them until he caught them unawares and demanded their surrender. They refused to surrender, and. It is alleged, made as if to attack htm so he was compeuea to snoot. After hearing the evidence the Jury returned a verdict of Justifiable homi cide. Bunyan Smith leaves a wire ana several children. He and his brother will be taken to Benson for interment Sunday. Immediately after tne inquest onerin R. P. Edwards and Policeman Page went In search of the still belonging to the Smiths, who had recently defiantly Informed Policeman Page where It was. and that Ihey nad reany a grave for him and Sheriff Edwards. The still was found where they said It was, and another one atso aooui a mile and one-half one-half one-half distant from the first, both belonging to the SmithLJt is said. Both were large and complete outfits. Several barrels of moonshine Ingredients were found and destroyed.

Clipped from Greensboro Daily News05 Jan 1919, SunPage 1

Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, North Carolina)05 Jan 1919, SunPage 1
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