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 - A Hatfield Convicted. Ellas, Jr., Found Gnlltjr...
A Hatfield Convicted. Ellas, Jr., Found Gnlltjr of Harder in tbe Second Decree. Williamson, W. Va., Sept. 17. After being out for five hours the jury trying Elias Hatfield, jr., for killing H. E. Ellis, a wealthy lumberman, at Gray on July 3d last, returned a verdict of guilty of mur der in the second degree at 11 o'clock last night. The prisoner heard the verdict with composure. A number of his kinsmen, some of them prisoners, were at his side. Counsel for Hatfield asked for a new trial, but it will probably be refused. Under the law of West Virginia the sentence may be from five to eighteen years' imprisonment. Judge Doolittle will like ly impose the maximum sentence, as he is meting out justice with a stern 'hand in his efforts to break up this notorious dan, which for fifteen years has infested this When Elias, who is only nineteen, has served his sentence, he will be taken to Logan county to answer for killing John Kinney, for which erime he and his younger brother Troy, together with another brother, the notorious Cap, were held pending trial at the time Elias and Iroy escaped from jail, a year ago. Since this escape until two mouths ago Elias was a fugitive from justice. After killing Ellis he surrendered to Governor Atkinson in person, having evaded and de fied arrest for a week. He was defended by ex - Governor Wilson and H. K. Shu mate. Prosecuting Attorney Stafford was assisted by J. b. Marc - urn and . K. Thompson, employed by the family of Ellis. lhe sole plea was self - defense, which could not be established, as it was proved that Hatfield was aggressor in the combat resulting in the killing, and that he and "Bob' his brother, in jail here, had offered to a man named Harvey, $100 to kill Ellis. They bore a grudge against Ellis for kidnapping their brother John to Kentucky, where he was wanted for mur ders done in the Hatfield - McCoy feud and where he was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. At the time of the death of Ellis a paper was found on Ellis soliciting funds to pay for the capture and for conveying to Kentucky of other mem bers of the Hatfield band wanted there on charges similar to that of which John was convicted.

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 18 Sep 1899, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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