Thaxton shootings in Mississippi, Texas, and West Virginia (1898-1904)

From the Biloxi Herald (Mississippi), 02 Jul 1898, under the column heading Southern Methodist Claim Inquiry:

Shot Through the Heart.
In a difficulty at Asheville, Ala., between John Neely and Tom Thaxton, Thaxton shot Neely through the heart, the ball passing clear through him.

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From the Biloxi Daily Herald (Mississippi), 28 Mar 1902:

Died From His Wounds.
Collins, Miss., March 27–Little Lee Thaxton, the boy who was shot at this place on the night of March 1, died yesterday evening from the effects of his wounds. Collins, the man who shot the boy, is confined in the county jail at Williamsburg.

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From the Biloxi Daily Herald, 27 Jul 1902:

Oscar Collins of Simpson county entered a plea of guilty of manslaughter, and was sentenced to the penitentiary for ten years for killing a boy named Lee Thaxton.

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From the New Orleans Times Picayune, 18 Jul 1902:

COLLINS.  Oscar Collins to be Tried for Killing Lee Thaxton.

Collins, Miss., July 17–Circuit court convenes at Williamsburg next Monday and will probably continue all the week, as there are many important cases to come before court at this sitting.  Perhaps the most important one will be that of the state vs. Oscar Collins for the murder of the 12-year-old boy, Lee Thaxton, on the 1st day March, this year.  Collins had a preliminary trial before Chancellor Deavers and was allowed bond in the sum of $5,000, which he failed to give, and has been confined in the jail ever since.

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From the Dallas Morning News, 13 Dec 1899:

Allen Thaxton Dead.
Brownwood, Tex., Dec. 12.–Allen Thaxton died from a pistol shot wound here this afternoon about 5:30 o’clock.

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From the Laredo Times, 14 Dec 1899, under General News:

Allen Thaxton, late of Comanche, commits suicide at Brownwood by shooting himself with a pistol.

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From the Baltimore Sun, 19 Dec 1903:

Fatal Shooting.
[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]
CHARLESTON, W.VA., Dec. 18–Walter Thaxton shot and killed William Price at the home of the former in this city tonight. The trouble between the two men grew out of attentions of Price to Thaxton’s wife. Thaxton finding Price at his house, drew a pistol and killed him. Thaxton is under arrest.

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From the Baltimore Sun, 24 Dec 1903:

WALTER THAXTON FREE.
Shown That He Killed Price in Self-Defense.
[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun]
CHARLESTON, W.VA., Dec. 23.–Walter Thaxton, who shot and killed William Price, a railroad conductor, at the house of Thaxton, in this city, on Friday night last, as the result of alleged attention’s to Thaxton’s wife, was arraigned today before Magistrate Cottrell for a preliminary hearing.

The evidence showed that Thaxton fired the fatal shot in self-defense. Price, as he entered the room, declared he intended killing Thaxton. At the conclusion of the testimony Thaxton was discharged from custody upon motion of Prosecuting Attorney Avis.

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From the Dallas Morning News, 21 Nov 1904:

NEGRO FATALLY WOUNDED.
J. R. Thaxton, Telephone Manager, Gives $250 Bond.
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.
Malone, Tex., Nov. 20.–Charlie Bradford, a negro ex-convict, was shot and fatally wounded today by J. R. Thaxton, manager of the Malone Telephone Company. It is claimed that the shooting was justifiable. Thaxton’s bond was fixed at $250, which was readily given.

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