April 30, 2017

John Jarrett Kills Buck Padgett, Rockcastle, 1896

Previously:

Click here for a list of my other Pulaski/Rockcastle/Laurel County KY articles

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[June 19, 1896] -

Monday last about one mile from town J. H. Jarrett shot and instantly killed N. B. Padgett. It seems from Jarrett's statement, the only living witness to the sad affair, that they met in the county road. Jarrett called on Padgett to halt and at same time telling him he must not go through his farm as he was accustomed to. Padgett replied he was going home and threw his hand as if to draw his weapon, when Jarrett fired with above results. It seems there had been some trouble between the parties before on account on Padgett's hogs destroying Jarrett's corn. Padgett was returning home from work. Jarrett was armed with a double barrel shot gun. Padgett had no arms at all. Jarrett is in jail with his examining trial set for Tuesday. [1]







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[June 23, 1896] -

J. H. Jarrett killed Buck Padget at Brodhead. [2]




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[June 23, 1896] -


John Janett in Jail.

MT. VERNON, Ky., June 17.-- John Jannett was lodged in jail pending an examining trial for killing Buck Padget near Brodhead Monday afternoon. [3]



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[June 26, 1896] -


John Jarret was held under $1,000 bond at Mt. Vernon for killing Buck Padgett. [4]





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[June 26, 1896] -

The examining trial of Jarrett for the murder of Pagett occupied Tuesday and Wednesday. The neighbors in large numbers attending the trial, but it passed of quietly. Judge Bethurum allowed him to give a bond of $1,000. [5]




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[October 8, 1897] -


The case of J. H. Jarrett charged with the killing of Buck Padgett was continued until next term. [6]




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[February 18, 1898] -


The John Jarrett case, for killing Buck Padgett, was taken up Wednesday morning and given to jury that night. No verdict up to four oclock Thursday. [7]






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[February 18, 1898] -

The case of Jarrett for killing Padgett in Rockcastle county was given to the jury Wednesday evening and at 3:30 yesterday P.M. no verdict had been reached so a telegram from Mt. Vernon states. There is much fear of trouble between the various warring factions felt by the citizens. [8]




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[February 22, 1898] -

The jury in the case of John Jarrett for killing Buck Padgett in Rockcastle county failed to agree and Judge Morrow discharged it Friday. Eleven were for conviction and one for acquittal. Most of the 11 were for two years. [9]




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[February 25, 1898] -

John Jarrett -- murder -- hung jury. [10]




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[May 27, 1898] -

As stated in our last issue, the criminal docket is a big one this court and the term will last two weeks or more. Twelve men are to be tried for murder and it does look like at least one hanging might be gotten out of that number. It has been 20-odd years since Rockcastle has had a legal rope stretching and her heavy criminal docket is proof conclusive that she needs one now and needs it badly. It is thought that most of the murder cases will be tried this court. John Jarrett, who has had two hung juries, answered ready for the killing of Buck Padgett and his jury was secured with little trouble Monday afternoon. Pate Langford, who with his brother, Elza, shot ex-Jailer King, from the effects of which he died, is ill in jail and may not be able to go through his trial. There were 20 prisoners in jail Monday night.

The visiting attorneys at court so far are Hon. Fontaine Fox Bobbitt, and Messrs. W. A. Morrow and Calhoun. The latter lawyer is from Lexington. Mr. C. C. Williams is in every case of importance and has his hands full. [11]





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[May 27, 1898] -


John Jarrett got three years for the killing of Buck Padgett near Bro[d]head. This was his third trial, the jury hanging both times before. [12]




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[May 27, 1898] -

THREE YEARS. -- John Jarrett got three years for the killing of Buck Padgett near Brodhead, Dr. E. J. Brown who came from Mt. Vernon yesterday, informs us. This was his third trial, the jury hanging both times before. [13]





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[June 14, 1898] -

Only one person was sent to the penitentiary from the Rockcastle circuit court which adjourned Saturday, not withstanding there with a round dozen men charged with murder.  John Jarrett got three years for killing Buck Padgett, as has been stated before in these columns, but the others either got their cases continued or had hung juries.  Pate and Elza Langford, who shot L. C. King, from the effects of which he died, had a hung jury, six for acquittal and six for a term in the pen. [14]





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[March 25, 1899] -

The first pardon granted was in the case of John H. Jarrett, of Rockcastle county, who was serving a five-yeara sentence for having killed Buck Padgett at Mt. Vernon in that county in May, 1898. The petitioners stated that Jarrett was an upright and honorable citizen at the time of the killing, and that Padgett was dangerous, vicious, and troublesome. In granting the pardon the Acting Governor said:

"The facts as presented in this case certainly entitle the petitioner to the benefits of the law of self-defense. His pardon is recommended by the trial Judge, all the officials of the court and many of the best citizens of the county. A free and full pardon is granted him, with restoration to citizenship." [15]




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[1] Excerpt from "Brodhead, Rockcastle Co." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 19, 1896. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-06-19/ed-1/seq-6/

[2] Excerpt from Column 4. Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. June 23, 1896. Page 7. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069395/1896-06-23/ed-1/seq-7/

[3] "John Janett in Jail." The Climax, Richmond, KY. June 23, 1896. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069161/1896-06-23/ed-1/seq-4/

[4] Excerpt from "Somewhat Local."  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1896. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-06-26/ed-1/seq-1/

[5] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle Co." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 26, 1896. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-06-26/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. October 8, 1897. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1897-10-08/ed-1/seq-2/

[7] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. February 18, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-02-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[8] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 18, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-02-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[9] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 22, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-02-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[10] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. February 25, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-02-25/ed-1/seq-3/

[11] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 27, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-05-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[12] Excerpt from "Kentucky Klips." Kentucky Advocate, Danville, KY. May 27, 1898. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

[13] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 27, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-05-27/ed-1/seq-5/

[14] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 14, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-06-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[15] Excerpt from "Pardon." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 25, 1899. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

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