August 30, 2012

Brothers Kill Man on Way Home From Church, 1906


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[May 29, 1906] - 


Ray Whitaker Murdered By Two Brothers on way Home From Church.

(Special to The Herald)  SOMERSET. Ky., May 28.—Last night near Line Creek, in Pulaski county, Ray Whitaker was killed by James and Robert Barnes.  The Barnes brothers were going home and met Ray Whitaker on his way from church and tried to make him pray for his life, saying that if he did not they would kill him, and upon his refusing to pray one of the boys shot him through the chest and the brother, thinking that the first ball had not taken effect, fired another bullet into his bowels.  The murderers are still at large, but officers are on their trail. [1]


[June 23, 1908] -

James Barnes was acquitted by the Pulaski circuit court of the killing of Ray Whittaker. [2]


[1] “Refused to Pray for Life and was Killed.” Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. May 29, 1906. Page 2.

[2] “In Neighboring Counties.” The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 23, 1908. Page 2. LOC.


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