John Tarpey Murder Trial Jan 1894
THE TRIAL OF HENDERSON ARRAIGNED AT - NOULEsVILLi: FOR KILLING JOUX TAIU'JEY. Transforred From Ind'.aiinrxViIii On Cb:ino of Venne.to lluuiiltou County The Story tt tlie - Crimo In DetnH. - f - peclal to The Ind:anapolui Nwa. Noelesville, Janu;iry. 4, The case of the State against Ixn Henderson, charged with .murdering John Tarpey at Indianapolis Indianapolis last June. : was called iox trial by Judge Stephenson v this morning. A jury wa3 impaneled, and Trosecutor McMath mode the r pening statement statement Henderson is defended by F. S. Foote, of Indiauapolis, and' W. li. Fertig, of Noblcsville. i - .' i ; . The widow of Tarpejf was the first witness on the stand. She tcjid of Iter husband going to the meeting of a building and lotin association and , beine ,b - ronght - home the next mornimr, ' dead, The four . children of - Tarpey are also present, also a brother of Mrs. Tarpey, who has recently come from England. Mrs. Mallian, a sister of Henderson and Lis. mother and his little, son are also present The Story of the Crimej Several citizens of Haaghville went to a saloon late at night last June to get a drink. As they entered the place, a man : with the money - drawer nnder his farm ran "out, and John Tarpey, one of the party - who at - temptedjto stop him, was shot' and killed. The afliir created great excitement,' and strange stories were told, resulting lu several several innocent men being suspected. The citizens Of the town raised a sum of money as a reward for the arrest and conviction of the murderer. ' . : , ' About this time there were a number of bold robberies committed in Indianapolis. Men were waylaid and stores plundered. In an attempt to rob a South Side store one of the thieves tried to kill an oilicer. A woman wcnl to the police station and reported reported that ;Lon Henderson had tried to steal a mule belonging to her. . Detectives Thornton - - and McGuiV, suspecting' Henderson of the" other crimes, determined - to i arrest - him. - They went to his house about noon and demanded admittance. This was refused,, and they forced their way in. Henderson waa standing standing behind the door with a knife in one hand and a pistol in ths othr. The oilioers seized him and a desperate" fight took place. Henderson's mother and ' - sisters sisters attacked the oCicers with chairs and clubs, and the detectives had to struggle Lard :with the - man - to prevent him using his1 wenpons.' The room wns almost wrecked and the officers bmised and bleeding. Then they drew their revolvers and fired. Not until be had been twice shot did Henderson surrender. When he was taken to tbe police t - tat ion it was found that he was suA'ering from a third wound, received, it was believed, while committing a burglary a few days before. j - . . ' ; i I HENDERSON ADMITS THE MCRDEE. ' S In the west part of tlie.city lives a woman with whom Henderson bad been intimate, but whom hehnd forsaken for hertlanjfhter. She informed the police that it wns Henderson Henderson who had shot tbe man. in the Ilauh - ville saloon. A few days later. Henderson made a confession, to . Colbert and Splan. His story waa that: he had t - tar ted from Indiunapolis. had been put oil' the train and had walked to ifaugh - - vilie. Seeing the eitloon open he stepped in to get" a gla of beer, but discovering the bar - tender asleep he detemiiued to rob tbe place. He slipped behind the bar and put a inisk over his face. He prilled the money - druwer from its fastenings,, and started out holding the " drawer uuder his arm, and a pitol in . his baud. At this moment two men came in, j but he got past them and was Mopped by the third who struggled with him. In the struggle the pistol exploded und the man fell. Henderson waded the river twice and finally made hU wiiy to the home of the woman who afterward betrayed him. He told her what he had 'done and throw the mask and revolver into a vault. He did not know, he stid. that the man had been killed until he read it in the r papers next - daV. Then he determined to leave the country, but engareij in a robic - ry and was shot He wa hiding at home.' waitiuc for his wound to heal, when the detectives arrested him. Henderson says that he had no intention of killing the man, who was a stranirer to him, and that the weapon held in his Land was accidentally discharged. He demanded that the reward ollered by the citizens of Hauchville be paid to his mother. The wcmauTwho betrayed him to the police is also demanding it SKETCH OP THE DEFENDANT. ' Henderson was born in Tipton county. He has had a long criminal career, has served several terms in prison and isknowitj .a. a lii pi.iaic u tun. iic nvicujpicu iwaiiuui Chief Splan when that ofUcer arrested him about two years arb Afterward he arranged to escape from jail by throwing pepper in the eyes of deputy sheriff Ilofl - inarrr whom he had asked to take him to the bedside of his sick wife. i . Henderson has been in jail several months, and has recovered entirely frora his wounds. He took a change . of venue from Marion, county and the case was sent to this place. - - - - , .