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


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 Complaint

United States of America,

The President of the United States to the Marshal of the Western District of Arkansas–Greeting:

WHEREAS complaint on oath hath been made before me, charging that George W. McKINNEY did on or about the 15th day of May A. D. 1872 in the Indian Country, Western District of Arkansas, Commit Murder contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the United State.

Now, therefore, you are hereby commanded in the name of the President of the United States of America to apprehend the said George W. McKINNEY and bring his body forthwith before me, STEPHEN WHEELER, Commissioner appointed by the United States District Court for said District, whenever he may be found, that he may be then and there dealt with according to law for said offence.

Given under my hand this 4th day of March 1878 in the 102nd year of our independence.

(signed) Stephen WHEELER
Commissioner U.S. Dist. Court, West. Dist. ARK

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