March 4 1878 Writ 2 (Trial of a G. W. McKinney for the murder of Nimrod Shaw)

THE TRIAL OF A G. W. MCKINNEY FOR MURDER.

While researching my George W. McKINNEY, I came upon a George W. MCKINNEY who was tried for murder in Fort Smith ARK 1879. Subpoenas are served for support for him to some individuals in Carroll and Ray Counties MO. I have found there is a George W. MCKINNEY, b. 1839, in the Carroll Co. census in 1870, b. MO., and though I’ve no proof I am assuming this may be the George W. McKINNEY who was on trial for murder. He isn’t my ancestor. I’m placing this material online as I have it and may as well make it available.

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March 4 1878 Writ 2

United States of America,
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS.

I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR AND BELIEVE, from reliable information in my possession, that George W. MCKINNEY, a white man and not an Indian did in the Indian Country, Western District of Arkansas, on or about the 15th day of May 1872 feloniously, wilfully, premeditatedly and of his malice aforethought kill and murder Nimrod SHAW against the peace and dignity of the United States and I pray a writ.

(signed) M. BURNES (?)
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN To before me this 4th day of March 1878.

(signed) Stpehen WHEELER
U.S. Commissioner

WITNESSES:

Johnathan MILES
John F. MILES
W. S. MILES
Isaac LIGHTLE
Orange FULLER

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I Stpehen WHEELER, U. S. Commissioner in and for the Western District of Arkansas, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a complaint against George W. MCKINNEY for murder in the Indian Country, now on file in my office.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Fort Smith, AR this 9th day of August, 1878.

Stephen WHEELER
U. S. Commissioner

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