April 24, 2014

Man Kills Another in Premeditated Murder, Laurel, 1894



[March 13, 1894] -

Bob Jackson, son of Gen. Andrew Jackson, who lives four miles East of London, shot and probably fatally wounded "Black" Ed Chestnut at the home of Jackson's sister-in-law, Mrs. Alice Jackson, a widow, this morning about 4 o'clock.  From what the attending physician says, the shooting was premeditated. One of the bullets struck near the left temple and came out back of the ear, fracturing the skull.  This Bob Jackson is not the Bob Jackson who is cashier of the First National Bank of London, Ky. [1]


[May 29, 1894] -

There were 71 indictments returned this court, of this number 19 were for concealed weapons and 14 for selling liquor.  Indictments for murder were made against Alex and Sim Tuttle, for killing young Williams; Pate Whitley, for killing a colored woman a few years ago; Wm. Stott, for killing John Collins at Lily; Robert Jackson, for killing Ed. Chestnut; Eb. Moran, Sam Warnack and C. Godsey, were indicted for manslaughter.  This was for shooting the negro, John Ely, who was trying to make his escape while under arrest.  Wm. Harkleroads, Jr., was indicted for manslaughter for shooting Bob Dees, about a year ago.  Sam Broughton, of near Hazel Patch, was indicted for incest.  The only murder that has been tried this court was against Pate Whitley and he was sent up for 16 years.  This is the only conviction.  Several visiting attorneys are present. [2] 


[February 12, 1895] -

For Life. -- After a hard fought battle in the courts, Robert Jackson was sentenced to the penitentiary for life for the murder of Edward Chestnut in Laurel county.  But for the prominence of his family and their ability to employ the best lawyers, he would likely have been given a death sentence. [3]


[February 26, 1895] -

FOR SAFE KEEPING. -- Sheriff Frank Elliott and Deputy Charles M. Randall, of Laurel, placed three prisoners in jail here Sunday for safe keeping.  William Stott, who was here before, was one of them.  The court of appeals, it will be remembered, gave him a new trial for the murder of John Collins, but his case was not reached at the term just ended.  The others are Robert Jackson, who got a life sentence for killing Ed Chestnut, and Alex Tuttle, who was tried for the killing of Speed Williams, but who had a hung jury.  Jackson was given a new trial by Judge Clark, because it was afterward ascertained that one of the jurors in the case was a relative of the man he killed.  All of the prisoners are white men. [4]


[June 4, 1895] -

ACQUITTED.-- At the last term of the Laurel circuit court, Wm. Stott was convicted of the murder of the man, who stole his wife, and given 99 years in the penitentiary.  The court of appeals granted a new trial, Stott was brought here for safe keeping and last week taken to London to face for a second time a jury of his peers, which decided that he was guilty of no crime and he went free.  Robert Jackson, who also had a life sentence passed on him for murder, got a hung jury this time, with 11 for acquittal.  There is never any telling what a jury will do. [5]


[May 29, 1896] -

Circuit court is in session with a very light docket.  Robt. Jackson, son of Gen. Jackson, for the murder of Ed Chestnut, was given 21 years.  Jesse Huff, for detaining a woman, was given two years.  Alex Tuttle, for assisting in the murder of Williams, was given three years.  The grand jury returned an indictment against Gov. W. O. Bradley for failing to furnish the clerk a statement of land owned by the governor in this county, as required by law. [6]


[June 2, 1896] -

FOR SAFE-KEEPING. -- The sheriff of Laurel delivered to Jailer G. W. DeBord Sunday morning R. M. Jackson, sentenced for 21 years for murder, and Simeon Tuttle for three years, to await the action of the court of appeals in their cases.  The jailer now has a pretty good sized crowd with him -- 11 prisoners. [7]


[December 1, 1896] -

TO THE PEN. -- Sheriff Elliott, of Laurel, took Jackson and Tuttle, who have been in jail here for a long time awaiting the action of the court of appeals, to the penitentiary Friday. One goes for life, the other for 15 years of murder. [8]


[1] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 13, 1894. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-03-13/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 29, 1894. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-05-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] "For Life." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 12, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-02-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] "For Safe Keeping." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 26, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-02-26/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] "Acquitted." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 4, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-06-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[6] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 29, 1896. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-05-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[7] "For Safe Keeping." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 2, 1896. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-06-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[8] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 1, 1896. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-12-01/ed-1/seq-3/


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