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Homicide in Cartersville.

Paulding New Era
July 23, 1886
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Homicide in Cartersville.  Last Sunday morning William Pucket, night marshal of Cartersville, shot and killed Bryant Strickland, a young unmarried man of about thirty years of age.  The circumstances which led to killing are, briefly, as follows:  Strickland was under the influence of liquor and the night before went to Col. A. Johnson's room and cuffed him about so roughly in a playful manner that he called on the marshal for protection.  The marshal was compelled to use force in ejecting Strickland from the room but when they reached the sidewalk he became quite and promised to go home rather than be placed in the calaboose.

 Next morning Strickland boasted to his friends that he would kill the marshal on sight.  Hearing this the marshal summoned his brother, James Puckett, and Tobe Jackson, and in company with Alderman Hudgins started to find Strickland and try to get him pacified without any trouble.  Strickland saw them coming and drawing his pistol, called to Hudgins: "Step out from the crowd, damn you, for I've got you now," and began firing on him.  After two shots the marshal returned the fire.  Each party fired five shots, and at the last one from the marshal Strickland uttered the exclamation "oh!" and sank down on the pavement and died in a few seconds.  

An examination showed that the ball entered his side and penetrated his heart.  The two Pucket's and Jackson were arrested and lodged in jail where they will probably remain till after the verdict of the coroner's jury.  An inquest was held over the body, but the jury reserved its verdict till it can have time to look into the matter further.  Some four years ago Strickland struck Maj. Sam Morgan, a prominent cotton merchant of Rome, over the head with a scantling, from the effects of which he became insane.

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