November 1878 (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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November 1878

In the District Court
of the United States for the
Western District of Arkansas

UNITED STATES
AGAINST
George W. MCKINNEY

In the Districtorial Court of the United States of America for the Western District of Arkansas.

November Term A. D. 1878

The grand jurors of the United States of America, duly selected, inpaneled, sworn and charged to inquire (unintelligible) for the body of the Western District of Arkansas aforesaid, upon oath present:

That George W. MCKINNEY, a white man and not an Indian, on the 8th day of May, A.D. 1872, at the Indian Country in the Western District of Arkansas aforesaid, with force and arms, in and (unintelligible) one Nimrod SHAW there and there being feloniously, wilfully, premeditatedly, and of this malice aforethought did make an assault; and that he the said George W. MCKINNEY there and then with a certain shovel made of iron and steel, of the value of one dollar, which said shovel he the said George W. MCKINNEY in both his hands there and then had and held, the said Nimrod SHAW there and then feloniously, wilfully, premeditatedly and of his malice aforethought did strike and beat then and there giving to the said Nimrod SHAW by then and there so striking and beating him the said Nimrod SHAW with the shovel aforesaid in and upon the left side of the head of the said Nimrod SHAW, one mortal bruise of the length of two inches and of the breadth of one inch, of which said mortal bruise he the said Nimrod SHAW then and there instantly died.

And so the grand jurors aforesaid, (unintelligible) their oath aforesaid, do say that the said George W. McKINNEY him the said Nimrod SHAW in the manner and by the means aforesaid feloniously, wilfully, premeditatedly and of his malice aforethought did kill and murder.

Contrary to the form of the statue in such case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the United States of America.

Wm. H. H. CLAYTON
U. S. Dist. Atty.
Western District AR

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No. 1032 (?)

UNITED STATES
VS: MURDER
George W. MCKINNEY

A true bill
John L. MAXWELL
Foreman

Witnesses:
Jonathan MILES
Isaac LYTLE (LIGHTLE)
Wm. S. MILES

Filed Nov 7 1878
Stephen Wheeler
Clerk

We the jury find the defendent not guilty as charged in the within indictment.
Stacy PETH
Foreman

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