Jeff Brashears

Fatally Wounded

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

FROM THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE

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APRIL 30 , 1915 - FRIDAY

YOUNG MAN WHO KILLED HIS FATHER NEAR PARAGOULD IN 1908 IS SHOT BY BROTHER-IN-LAW

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A DISPATCH FROM ST. LOUIS UNDER DATE OF APRIL 21, TELLS OF THE PROBABLE FATAL SHOOTING OF JEFFERSON BRASHEARS BY HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW , SAMUEL C. STEPHENS , NEAR THE PROSPECT HILL STATION OF THE BURLINGTON RAILROAD ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

YOUNG BRASHEARS WAS SENT TO PENITENTIARY FOR 21 YEARS FOR MURDERING HIS FATHER AT THE LATTER'S HOME SEVERAL MILES WEST OF PARAGOULD IN 1908. THE BOY WAS AT THAT TIME LIVING IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI , AND ONE DAY HE SLIPPED INTO THIS SECTION AND THAT NIGHT HE SNEAKED UP TO THE HOME OF HIS FATHER AND FIRED THROUGH THE WINDOW AT HIS PARENT, THE BALL PENETRATING THE HEAD AND PRODUCING INSTANT DEATH.

THE MURDERER RETURNED TO CARDWELL, MO. BUT WAS SOON ARRESTED , BROUGHT HERE AND TRIED AND GIVEN A SENTENCE OF 21 YEARS IN THE PENITENTIARY. LATER HE ESCAPED FROM PRISON . THE STORY SENT OUT FROM ST. LOUIS IS AS FOLLOWS;

JEFFERSON BRASHEARS OF HOLCOMB , MO. WAS SHOT AND PROBABLY FATALLY WOUNDED BY HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW , SAMUEL C. STEPHENS, ALSO OF HOLCOMB , NEAR THE PROSPECT HILL STATION OF THE BURLINGTON RAILROAD, HERE TONIGHT . BRASHEARS IS IN THE CITY HSPITAL . STEPHENS WAS ARRESTED.

THREE YEARS AGO BRASHEARS ESCAPED FROM THE PENITENTIARY AT LITTLE ROCK , ARK. WHERE HE WAS SERVING A 21 YEAR TERM FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING HIS FATHER HENRY BRASHEARS , AT PARAGOULD , ARK IN 1908 IN A QUARREL ABOUT MONEY.

TODAY'S SHOOTING WAS THE RESULT OF AN OLD FEUD BETWEEN MEN . BRASHEARS IS SAID TO HAVE CHASED STEPHENS OVER THE COUNTY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. STEPHENS SAID BRASHEARS HAD THREATENED TO KILL HIM. HE WAS IN THE BURLINGTON STATION AND SAW BRASHEARS APPROACHING . HE WALKED OUT AND SAID TO HIM :

I GUESS I AM THE MAN YOU WNT , AND DREW A REVOLVER AND FIRED TWO SHOTS AT BRASHEARS , WHO FELL. STEPHENS THEN SURRENDERED TO THE POLICE.

ACCORDING TO HIS STATEMENT TO THE POLICE , WHICH WAS CORROBORATED BY BRASHEARS , THE TROUBLE STARTED LAST SEPTEMBER , WHEN STEPHENS AND HIS WIFE WHO IS BRASHEARS SISTER SEPERATED. H.J. FIELDS OF HOLCOMB WANTED TO MARRY MRS. STEPHENS AND HE AND BRASHEARS WANTED TO GET STEPHENS OUT OF THE WAY ACCORDING TO STEPHENS. FIELDS WAS SHOT AND KILLED TWO WEEKS AGO BY WILLIAM NOTHINGTON , CONSTABLE AT HOLCOMB , WHILE RESISTING ARREST. THE CONSTABLE ARRESTED BRASHEARS ON A CHARGE DISTURBING THE PEACE , AND FIELDS INTERFERRED . BRASHEARS SHOT AT THE CONSTABLE , WHO RETURNED THE FIRE , WOUNDING BRASHEARS , AND THEN SHOT AND KILLED FIELDS, IT IS STATED . BRASHEARS ESCAPED.

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