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Held On Charge Of Murder.

 
The Atlanta Constitution Newspaper
Atlanta, Georgia
6 Jul 1903
 
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Held On Charge Of Murder.

On a warrant charging him with murder, Arthur Gilkison, a young white man who has been working for the Seaboard Air Line railroad, was arrested in the city yesterday afternoon by Sheriff Anderson, of Paulding county, this state, and locked up at police barracks. Gilkison shot and killed Sam Smith, a negro railroad hand, in a camp 6 miles from Dallas on Saturday last. The coroner held an inquest and exonerated Gilkison, all the witnesses testifying that the shooting was accidental. Gilkison came to Atlanta yesterday morning with two mules and was surprised when he was arrested. The sheriff stated that he had witnessed the inquest and thought the matter was settled. Some relative of the dead negro probably swore out the warrant. Gilkison says he was cleaning a pistol and the hammer slipped from his fingers. The bullet went through a screen and struck Smith in the head, killing him instantly.



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