Hoxie, Ark. - March 4, At 4, 0'clock was afternoon at Walnut Ridge, City Marshal Lee Ridgeway in attempting to arrest Ed Bagley a prominent young farmer shot him three times with a Colt 44 killing him instantly. His remains were taken to Montgomery's undertaking establishment and Ridgeway is in custody of Deputy Sheriff Graff having surrendered to him. Owing to the prominence of all the parties the killing has created a sensation. Bagley's father and two brothers are in the country this afternoon and it is feared when they learn of the tragedy other trouble will follow. Marshall Carouthers of this place was sent for to come at once to Walnut Ridge and has been sworn in as special officer to help prevent further trouble. The citizens are not expressing any opinion in behalf of either party. Bagley is married and so is Ridgeway and both are members of the local lodge Woodmen of the World. The deplorable event is regretted.
A report was brought to the city today of the suicide of V.V. Allen a grocer at Walnut Ridge Wednesday. He is said to have taken laudanum. He had lately moved to Walnut Ridge from Brinkley. The news was brought here by a drummer. Allen is known here and his death is a great surprise to his acquaintances. A copy of the Newport Independent received today states that Mr. Allen died of heart failure.
Bagley On Trial Man Murdered City Marshal Of Walnut Ridge Now Being Tried
Tuesday, March 23, 1909 : Jonesboro Evening Sun
Walnut Ridge, Ark. The celebrated Alf Bagley case was called in circuit court today. Bagley had been indiceted for murder in the first degree for the killing of ex-city Marshal Lee Ridgeway on Oct. 24, 1908, since which time he has been held in the Arkansas penitentiary for safekeeping. A special venire of 150 men had been summoned for today. After an examination of 112 including the regular panel, a jury was empaneled.
Circuit Judge Charles Coffin being disqualifed on account of friendship for the defendant's family, wouldnot set in the case. Judge Frank Smith of Second judicial circut is trying the case which is likely to last three or four days.