Will Estes Arrested 1909

 

WRITTEN BY : TINA EASLEY

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April 10, 1909 - THE DAILY SOLIPHONE

ESTES BOUND OVER TO THE GRAND JURY

ESTES CHARGED WITH LIBERATING PRISONERS FROM JAIL CAPTURED AND BROUGHT HERE

WILL ESTES , THE SUSPECTED BY SHERIFF CAMP OF HAVING RELEASED THE PRISONERS FROM JAIL SUNDAY NIGHT , WAS ARRESTED AT HIS HOME IN BLUE CANE TOWNSHIP ABOUT EIGHT MILES FROM RECTOR BY CONSTABLE VOWELL OF MARMADUKE AND CONSTABLE COX OF RECTOR . THE OFFICERS BROUGHT THEIR PRISONER TO PARAGOULD THAT NIGHT AND LANDED HIM BEHIND BARS .

YESTERDAY ESTES WAS CARRIED BEFORE ESQ. COLE TO ANSWER THE CAHRGE OF WHICH HE WAS SUSPECTED . TWELVE WITNESS WERE EXAMINED AMONG THEM BEING THE FATHER AND A BROTHER OF THE ACCUSED . THERE WERE ALSO TWO OTHER WITNESSES FROM NEAR HIS HOME.

R.C. ESTES THE FATHER OF THE DECEASED , FOUGHT HIS SON'S CASE AND CONDUCTED THE DEFENSE THROUGHOUT . HE DOES NOT CLAIM TO BE A LAWYER , BUT JUST WANTED TO TRY HIS HAND IN THE DEFENSE OF HIS SON.

THE PROSECUTION BROUGHT UP OTHER DAMAGING TESTIMONY ONE WITNESS STATED THAT THE DEFENDANT MADE THE REMARK AT THE COMMERCIAL HOTEL THAT IT WOULD BE AN EASY THING TO DO BY BREAKING INTO THE JAIL , GET THE KEYS AND FREE THE PRISONERS . TESTIMONY WAS ALSO OFFERED THAT THE DEFENDANT WAS DISCOVERED SNEAKING ABOUT THE PREMISES OF THE JAIL A FEW DAYS BEFORE . AND ORDERED AWAY BY MRS. CAMP THE SHERIFF'S WIFE .

ESQ. COLE WEIGHING UP THE DAMAGING TESTIMONY RENDERED AGAINST ESTES BOUND HIM OVER THE SUM OF $1,000 TO AWAIT THE ACTION OF A GRAND JURY . FRIENDS FILLED ESTES BOUND AND SECURED HIS RELEASE LAST NIGHT.