November 28, 2013

Squire Singleton killed by Marion Durham, Rockcastle, 1918

Previously:

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[November 15, 1918] -

BLOOD HOUNDS 
TRAIL MURDERER

Marshall Herring and son, Forest Herring, of Hustonville, were here Thursday morning returning from Rockcastle county, where they had been to trail the man who had killed S. R. Singleton, some 12 miles out in the country from Mt. Vernon.  They only took one dog with them but it did the work quickly and well.  The trail was soon picked up and the canine went directly to the house where Marion Durham was.  He had already been suspected and he was taken to the Mt. Vernon jail. Charles Thompson had already been jailed on the charge of participating in the killing.  Durham was moving his uncle's furniture from a house belonging to Singleton, when they had hot words.  It is claimed that Durham used a Winchester.  The wound was in the back of Singleton's head. [1] 





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[November 15, 1918] -


Marion Durham, son of William Durham of the East side, shot and killed Squire Singleton Wednesday.  The shooting took place near Singleton's home.  Bad feelings had existed for some time between Singleton and the Durham family.  After the shooting Durham made his escape but was arrested late Wednesday evening by Sheriff Tip Langford near the Jackson county line.


Durham is in jail awaiting his examining trial. [2]



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[February 7, 1919] -


The trial of Marion Durham and Charley Thomas charged with murder in the killing of Squire Singleton, is set for next Tuesday. [3]




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[May 16, 1919] -


There was nothing done in Circuit Court up until Wed and yesterday and today the trial of Marion Durham charged with the killing of Squire Singleton has been before the court.  The evidence and speeches will be finished by noon tomorrow. [4] 


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[May 23, 1919] -


CIRCU[I]T COURT.

Court will adjourn tomorrow.

Marion Durham, who was on trial at the time of our last issue for the killing of Squire Singleton, was given two years in the pen.  He has already received his sentence and was taken to prison at Frankfort first of this week. [5]


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[August 22, 1919] -


Charley Thomas who was indicted with Marion Durham as an accessory to the killing of Squire Singleton, was discharged as there was no proof to warrant the prosecution of the case against him. [6]


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[July 4, 1921] - 

Marion Durham, Rockcastle county, manslaughter, May 1919. two years; pardoned August 9, 1920. [7]



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[1] "Blood Hounds Trail Murderer." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 15, 1918. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052023/1918-11-15/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 15, 1918. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1918-11-15/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. February 7, 1919. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1919-02-07/ed-2/seq-3/

[4] Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. May 16, 1919. LOC. Page 3. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1919-05-16/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] "Circu[i]t Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. May 23, 1919. LOC. Page 3. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1919-05-23/ed-1/seq-3/

[6] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. August 22, 1919. LOC. Page 3. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1919-08-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[7] Excerpt from "Pardon Record Causing Flurry." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. July 4, 1921. Pages 1 and 10. Genealogybank.com.

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