The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
Sunday 10 October 1920

Beattyville Liveryman Slain, Two Wounded As Crowds Watch Four Fight

Special to The Courier-Journal
Beattyville, KY., Oct. 9

While the Saturday crowd lining the streets looked on, four citizens engaged in a pistol battle here this afternoon and when the smoke lifted one man lay dead, another was probably mortally wounded, while a third was shot.  They were:

Berry Jackson, 42 years old, liveryman, killed.
Sam Allen, 45 years old, alleged moonshiner, shot four times and is believed to by dying.
Hume McDonald, 25 years old, druggist, shot in leg.

Follows Trial for Killing.

The battle occurred shortly after Sam Allen was released under bond after examining trial on the charge of killing his brother-in-law and cousin, Tom Allen, Friday.

Allen, said to have been drinking entered the drugstore in company with Jackson and engaged in a quarrel with McDonald in the drugstore.  Leaving the store in company with Jackson, Allen turned around and fired three shots through the door.

Seizing a revolver, McDonald rushed to the door.  His brother Chester McDonald, joined him.  Marshall Charles Blunt tried to fource Allen to go home.  Allen turned his weapon on the Marshal.  Then a dozen shots rang out.  Whether Chester McDonald or Hume McDonald shot Jackson has not been learned.  It was the marshal's gun that sent bullets into Allen's body.

Allen Marshal's Target

Jackson, shot twice through the body, once under the heart and once through the abdomen, was killed instantly.  Whether he was slain by Hume McDonald or Chester McDonald has not been learned.

It was the marshal's pistol that poured bullets into Allen's body.  He was shot twice through the abdomen and in the arm and the leg.

McDonald's wound in the leg was not serious.

Jackson, who was a brother-in-law of the marshal, did not take part in the battle, it is said, and it is not believed he was armed.

Allen was taken to Lexington tonight but physicians say he has little chance to recover.

The McDonalds are sons of Dr. J. S. McDonald.

No arrests have been made.

The Richmond Dailey Register, Richmond, KY
Friday 15 October 1920

Murder Charges Follow Killing

Hubert and Chester McDonald and Charles Blount, town marshal, all of Beattyville, have been indicted for murder in the circuit court of Lee county, as the result of the killing of two men in a street fight which occurred in Beattyville Saturday night.

Hubert and Chester McDonald, sons of Dr. G. S. McDonald, prominent physician of Beattyville, are under indictment for the murder of Berry Jackson, who was killed in the fight.  Both of the McDonalds were released on $5,000 bond.  Hubert McDonald was shot through the leg during the fight, it is said.

Marshal Blount was indicted on the same charge and is alleged to have killed Sam Allen.  His bond was also fixed at $5,000.  The battle which resulted in the death of two men occurred in the drug store in Beattyville conducted by the McDonald brothers, and was the result of a sudden argument.  All those involved in the shooting had been friends previous to the argument.

Allen had just been given an examing trial for the killing of is half-brother, Bob Allen, and had been released on $3,000 bond shortly before he was killed.

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