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Hartford Herald 12/6/1899 - Hendricks, Render, Hocker, & Watterson; Cicero King

Hartford Herald Wednesday, December 6, 1899

Back to Old Kentucky

            Kentucky is God's country and Ohio county is its choice spot. Some years ago and from time to time, many of our good citizens have sought homes elsewhere. They have profited by experience and The Herald announces with pleasure the return of the following former citizens: T. W. Hendricks, who for some years has made his home at Norman, Oklahoma, has returned with his family to this county and will make his home here. Dee Render, who has been in Texas for five years, is here to reside permanently. LaVega Hocker, who formerly lived at Beaver Dam and went from there to Oklahoma some time ago, has returned and is living at Willlams Mines. Jeff Watterson, who some months ago married one of Ohio county's finest young women and took her to live in Illinois, will return and make his home in Hartford. It is said, upon what we hope is good authority, that John Hocker, who was formerly in business at Beaver Dam and who for some years has been prospering at Norman, Oklahoma, will soon return to make his borne in this county.

            It is likewise rumored that Dr. A. B. Baird, who has been living for some years at Oklahoma City, will soon return to live among the friends of his boyhood. We hope this if true, as nobody would be more heartily welcomed to Hartford than Dr. Baird and his excellent wife. Ohio county is big enough and rich enough to furnish homes for many prosperous immigrants and none will be more cheerfully received than her former citizens.


Such was the Verdict of the Jury In the King Case  - Unfavorable Comment.

            After the speeches by the attorneys on both sides, the case of the Commonwealth vs. Cicero King, for killing marshal Sam Casebier, was given to the jury last Thursday morning just before dinner. The jury had the case under deliberation until Friday morning about 9 o'clock, when they returned a verdict, finding the defendant guilty of man-slaughter and fixing his punishment at ten years in the penitentiary. The verdict came in the nature of a surprise to most of the people, for they were led, from the heinousness of the crime, to expect much severer punishment. There was much general unfavorable comment, though no harsh or incendiary sentiments were expressed. The people of Ohio county are disposed to abide by the law, whether it appears justice to them or not.

            A more cruel and unprovoked murder was never committed in Ohio county than that which deprived brave Sam Casebier of his life. King, accompanied by a companion, both of whom, it is said, were in a drinking humor, was passing down Market street. It was the day before Christmas and Marshal Casebier bad been busy all day in preserving order. The saloons were here then, and there were a number of intoxicated men on the streets. Just as King and his companion got opposite J. H. Patton & Co.'s livery Stable, Marshal Casebier stepped up to King and touched him upon the shoulder. It is supposed the Marshal merely intended to admonish King and his companion to be quiet, or to tell King to take his friend away. Quick as a flash and without an exchange of words, King drew a keen, murderous, spring-back dirk and rushed upon Marshal Casebier, stabbing him a time or two before the Marshal understood the attack. Retreating back into the livery stable, his antagonist dealing him death blows in quick succession, Casebier drew his pistol and fired a time or two at King, but being to badly wounded, his aim was bad, and the bullet bad no effect. King backed Casebier up against the inside wall of the livery stable and stabbed him repeatedly, inflicting wounds from which the Marshal died in less than an hour and before he could be moved from the stable.

            So intent on murder was King that even after he had stabbed the unoffending Marshal to death, and when citizens undertook to arrest him, he attempted to stab everyone who came near him. Mr. G. B. Likens bravely rushed up behind King and grabbed him with his arms around the waist, King all the while wielding his knife. Likens received a deep cut in the leg which laid him up for a number of weeks and came near maiming him for life. Finally King was overpowered by sheer force of numbers, but struggling to the last to use his murderous dirk upon any who came within reach. Briefly, this is the case and these are the facts upon which the jury returned a verdict of only ten years. By good behavior King will be a free man again in less than eight years. There was no evidence adduced to prove that Casebier intended to do anything but speak to King and his companion Wright, or at the furthest, to arrest them for disorderly conduct. An unprejudiced view of the case does not discover that King bad any reasonable cause to stab the Marshal to death. Casebier was a young man of temperate habits, peaceable and unoffending. He never seemed disposed to enforce his authority as Marshal only when the occasion demanded it. He was not of an overbearing nature, but was generally genial and pleasant. And yet be was compelled to give up his brave young life in the simple discharge of his duty.

            In view of the law and the facts in the case, which were certainly not disguised, it seems to be the general opinion that the verdict in this case was a travesty upon justice and a perversion of the law. The jurymen were no doubt conscientious in the discharge of their duty, but we believe we simply give voice to a general expression by stating that, in the main their verdict in this case was almost unanimously condemned. Most of the people seem at a loss to understand how human life and the crime of taking it, could be so lightly regarded.

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