January 19, 2015

Alex and Simeon Tuttle Kill Evan Williams, Laurel, 1894



[February 20, 1894] - 

Alex Tuttle shot and killed Evan Williams, son of "Reb" Williams, at the home of the latter on Blackwater, in this county, last week. After shooting young Williams, Tuttle was struck in the head and face with an ax by "Reb" and he will likely die also. [1]


[March 13, 1894] -

The examining trial yesterday Alex Tuttle for killing Reb Williams' boy resulted in Tuttle being held over till circuit court in the sum of $2,500, which will probably not be given. [2]


[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. [3] 


[February 25, 1895] -

At London, Ky., the jury in the murder case of Alex Tuttle for killing Speed Williams was dismissed.  After being out several days they failed to agree.  It is said eleven of the jury were for hanging and one for twenty-one years. [4]


[February 26, 1895] -

The jury hung in the case of Alex Tuttle for the murder of Speed Williams in Laurel county. [5]


[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. [6]


[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. [7]


[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. [8]


[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. []


[1] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 20, 1894. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1894-02-20/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] 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/

[3] 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/

[4] Excerpt from "Condensed News." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. February 25, 1895. Page 3. LOC.  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1895-02-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] Excerpt from "Of a Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 26, 1895. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1895-02-26/ed-1/seq-1/

[6] "For Safe Keeping." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 26, 1895. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingame

[7] 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/

[8] "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/

[9] 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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