CONVICTED. Perton Perkins Must Do Time for Killing John Blackwell. Peyton Perkins, whose trial for the killing of John Blackwell at a dance has been on at Tecumseh for several days, was convicted by a jury Saturday of manslaughter in the second degree. The sentence has not yet been passed by Judge Burwell.
The killing of John Blackwell at Avoka, and the circumstances surrounding it are still fresh in the memory of the old settlers, though it happened in the spring of '97. There had been a dance at Avoca on the night of the killing and Perkins had a trivial quarrel with John Blackwell and Joe Stuart. Perkins ran a saloon and late at night the two men stopped there on their return from the dance. Some words passed between the men and Perkins began shooting. Blackwell was killed and Stuart wounded.
Stuart left the county after the shooting and could not be found when the trial came on. The case was a hard fought one and there was little surprise at the verdict.
Deputy Marshal Warren Bennett came in today from Pawhuska with Lee Kribbs, charged with grand larceny.
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