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Thank you to Jessy S. for bringing this case to my attention and sending me some of the sources.
See also: Buck Merritt Kills John Johnson, Pulaski, 1882.
[December 8, 1871] -
FROM CASEY COUNTY.
CASEY CIRCUIT COURT. -- The Winter session of the Casey Circuit Court opened on Monday, 27th ult., with Judge Fox on the bench and Maj. M. H. Owsley for the Commonwealth. The docket was much larger than usual, being upwards of seventy appearances, with a number of old cases hard to compute. Among the distinguished bar-tenders we noted R. P. Jacobs, Jno. S. Vanwinkle, Danville; Robert Lusk, Lancaster; J. W. Alcorn, Wm. H. Miller, R. J. Breckenridge, Jr.; and Robt. Blain, Stanford; John Belden, Lebanon; J. E. Hays and Boyle Stone, Jamestown; Cols. Adams and Wolford, McD. and Jesse Fogle, John D. Page, R. B. Pittman and Andy Williams, Liberty; lawyers enough to throw Paradise into confusion, much less a city like Liberty. Up to this writing the Court has sentenced one man, Nathan R. Thomas, to two years in prison, for resisting a civil officer; fined another, Leroy Napier, one thousand dollars, for striking a woman; and will perhaps pass the death sentence upon the third, Fontaine Young, for murder.