February 18, 2015

Man Kills Neighbor in Argument Over Hogs Eating His Corn, Pulaski, 1872


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[June 7, 1872] -


On Saturday evening, the 18th of May, --- Eastham, residing about twelve miles west of Somerset, was murdered by one ---- Roy. It seems that Eastham's hogs had been disturbing Roy's corn field and on the morning before the killing, Roy accompanied by a man named Davis, went to Eastham's house to see him but did not find him at home. As soon as Eastham returned his wife informed him of Roy and Davis' visit, and that they had left word for him to come down and see about his hogs. Eastham ate his dinner and went to the field where Roy and Davis were at work, when a few words brought up the difficulty which resulted in the death of Eastham. Roy stabbing him eight times with a large pocket knife, five of which would have proved fatal. Eastham fell dead on the ground. He leaves a wife and several small children. Roy is now in our jail. The court of inquiry pronouncing its case of murder and refusing him bail. [1]


[June 28, 1872] -


Roy, who killed Eastham a short time since in our county and now confined in our jail, by his able counsel, Wm. McKee Fox, will make application on the 28th inst. before the Hon. C. A. Zachary for a writ of habeas corpus. [2]


[October 4, 1872] -

Roy, murder, continued. [3]


[March 27, 1874] -

The criminal docket was called this evening with the following result: Commonwealth vs. Thos. Roy, murder, dismissed for want of prosecution; [4]


[1] Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 7, 1872. Page 3. LOC.  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-06-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[2] Excerpt from "From Somerset." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 28, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-06-28/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] Excerpt from "From Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 4, 1872. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1872-10-04/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] Excerpt from "Pulaski County Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 27, 1874. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn840


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