Researched and Transcribed by :

Tina Easley

tina@grnco.net

From the Daily Soliphone - Vol. 4

Mar. 18 , 1902

 

SAFLEY INCARCERATED IN A DARK AND DUNGEON LIKE CELL AT THE GREENE COUNTY JAIL , SUFFERING FROM GUN SHOT WOUNDS , JIM OWNBY , THE YOUNG MAN , WHO IN A FIT OF ANGER , DELIBERATELY SHOT AND PERHAPS FATALLY WOUNDED HIS WIFE SUNDAY AFTERNOON , IS AWAITING THE ACTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY GRAND JURY .

HE WAS BROUGHT HERE LAST NIGHT BY CITY MARSHALL HENRY COX AND DEPUTY SHERIFF D.M. VOWELL OF RECTOR , AND THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY BILL OWNBY , THE FATHER OF THE YOUNG MAN .

THE PRISONER WAS DELIVERED TO THE CHARGE OF SHERIFF GRAYSON AND WAS LOCKED UP.

THE SCENE OF THE AWFUL DEED WAS AT THE HOME OF JIM PRUETT , JUST ACROSS THE LINE IN GREENE COUNTY , NEAR RECTOR , AND IT OCCURED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT ABOUT FOUR O'CLOCK . THE YOUNG MAN SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN PROMPTED TO COMMIT THE DASTARDLY ACT BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE LEAVING HIM SUNDAY MORNING TO GO TO THE HOME OF HER MOTHER AND HE CLAIMS THAT HE OPPOSED HER ASSOCIATION WITH HER SISTER , ONIE TOOMES , FOR REASONS BEST KNOWN ONLY TO HIMSELF .

ENRAGED FROM DESPONDENCY , DETERMINED TO EITHER ACCOMPLISH HIS WISH OR TO HURL HER LIFE INTO ETERNITY , HE ARMED HIMSELF WITH A THIRTY-EIGHT CALIBER PISTOL , AND PROCEEDED TO THE HOME OF MR. PRUETT , ACCOMPANIED BY MR. TOOMS , HIS WIFE'S FATHER , BOTH BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR .

HE GAINED THE PRESENCE OF HIS WIFE AND AGAIN APPEALED TO HER TO RETURN WITH HIM , HIS LANGUAGE TINGED WITH A BREATH OF VIOLENCE , BUT SHE FLATLY REFUSED TO CONSIDER HIS MISSION . ASSUMING THE ROLE OF A FIERY DEMON , HE WHIPPED OUT A REVOLVER AND FIRED THREE SHOTS INTO THE BODY OF THE UNFORTUNATE GIRL AS SHE TURNED TO RUN FOR SAFTY , SHE FELL TO THE FLOOR UNCONSCIOUS . THINKING HE HAD ACCOMPLISHED HIS BLOODY WORK , HE RAN FROM THE SCENE . MR. PRUETT , QUICKLY OBSERVING THE SITUATION SIEZED A SHOT GUN AND FIRED THE CONTENTS OF ONE BARREL AT THE FLEEING MAN , BUT THE CHARGE BEING COMPOSED OF SQUIRREL-SHOT , LITTLE EFFECT WAS DONE . THE SHOTS WERE FIRED AT A DISTANCE OF FORTY YARDS . THE OTHER BARREL OF THE GUN WAS EMPTY.

THE VICTIM OF THE ENRAGED HUSBAND IS YET AT THE HOME OF HER MOTHER . DR. S.P. WEIGART , OF RECTOR , WAS IMMEDIATELY SUMMONED TO HER BEDSIDE .

(SOME OF PAPER MISSING )

TO PRIMARILY ABANDONED THE THOUGHT OF THIS TERRIBLE DEED , THERE COULD BE BUT A FEELING OF SYMPATHY FOR HIM . HE WAS PITIABLE , WITH A FACE TRICKLED WITH TEARS , IN A CHOKED LANGUAGE HE SAID , " MY GOD , WHY DID I DO THIS . " HE WISHED THAT HE WERE DEAD. " I WOULD HAVE BEEN GLAD , " SAID HE " IF THE GUN WITH MR. PRUETT SHOT ME HAD - BEEN LOADED WITH BUCKSHOT , INSTEAD. "

BUT HE HAS DONE HIS WORK AND MUST NOW FACE THE LAW , HE MUST SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.

SINCE HE HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO JAIL HERE , HE HAS HAD LITTLE TO SAY THOUGH HE SHOWS VISIBLE SIGNS OF GRIEF OVER HIS VILLANIOUS ACT. HIS BACK AND HEAD ARE THICKLY PENETRATED FROM THE GUN SHOT WOUNDS , BUT THE INJURY IS OF A LIGHT FORM . THE GRIEF - STRICKEN FATHER WENT TO THE PRISON WITH HIM BUT THEY DID NOT DISCUSS THE MATTER AMONG THEMSELVES.

YOUNG OWNBY AND HIS WIFE WERE MARRIED ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. HE IS TWENTY - FIVE OF AGE , WHILE HIS WIFE IS TWENTY-FOUR . ONE CHILD , NOW ELEVEN MONTHS OF AGE , WAS BORN TO THEM , AND IS NOW AT THE HOME OF THE YOUNG MAN'S FATHER . SHE WAS A MISS ZONIE TOOMES , A DAUGHTER OF MRS. JIM PRUETT . SHE HAS ONE SISTER , MISS ONIE TOOMES , PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO IN THIS ARTICLE . THE FIRST CAUSE FOR DIS - AFFECTION IN THE HOME OF OWNBY AND HIS WIFE IS NOT DEFINITELY KNOWN , IT BEING ATTRIBUTED TO DIFFERENT SOURCES , IT SEEMS THEY HAVE NEVER LIVED AGREEABLY TOGETHER SINCE THE EARLIER DAYS OF THEIR WEDDED LIFE.

THE AWFUL INCIDENT IS DEEPLY DEPLORED , AND CAUSED A FURORE OF EXCITEMENT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN WHICH IT HAPPENED.

NOTHING HAS BEEN HEARD FROM THE CONDITION OF THE WOUNDED WOMAN SINCE YESTERDAY.