Slays Sheriff; Ends Life
W.M. Flemming Meets Death Attempting to Arrest Nimrod Huff at Sullivan
Decatur, Ill - Sheriff W.M. Flemming of Moultrie county was shot dead near Sullivan, Ill., when he attempted to arrest Nimrod Huff, who was wanted for an assault with a corn knife on Nora Sipe, his sweetheart, a domestic in the employ of Mrs. Perry Bland. Policeman John Tolly was wounded by a shot from the second barrel of the gun, but his injuries are superficial. Huff ran to a cornfield a quarter of a mile from the scene and killed himself with the same gun with which he had murdered the sheriff. [Marble Hill Press. (Marble Hill, Mo.), 11 Sept. 1913]
SAM KESTERSON WINS ACQUITTAL IN RECORD TIME
Jury’s Verdict Surprises Court After Witness Admits Shooting -- KNIFE EXHIBITED
SULLIVAN, March 4— In the briefest murder trial ever held inMoultrie county, Sam Kesterson was acquitted Tuesday afternoonof the murder of John (Tuck) Shipp. The trial opened at 9o’clock Monday morning in circuit court here and a verdict ofnot guilty was reached by a jury at 3:05 o’clock Tuesdayafternoon. The jury deliberated an hour and 35 minutes. Only 12hours were taken, five of which were required for the selectionof a jury. Three of the jurors were women. The verdict came as asurprise to the spectators in the crowded courtroom. Kestersonwalked from the court house whistling. Considerabledissatisfaction with the verdict was expressed on the street.Popular sentiment went in favor of conviction, it is said.
Shot to Kill
Shipp was killed on the night of Oct. 25th (1930) a climax to adrinking party at the home of H. J. Barker here. On the stand,Kestorson admitted that he shot Shipp with the intention ofkilling him, but claimed that he did so with the object ofprotecting his wife and two children. Nine witnesses were calledto the stand Tuesday morning to testify to the good character ofthe defendant. A closed knife with which the slain man wasalleged to have struck Kesterson was exhibited by Coroner W. R.Robinson. The knife was found on the body of the murdered man.The character witnesses were Jim Moore, Charlie Hall, HomerJohnson, Henry Cummins, V. D. Grote, Frank Wood, Walter Boley,Guy Butt and C. W. Neaves.
[Decatur Herald 1931 March 4 - contributed by Christine Walters]
Victor McMillen, Typewriter Agent, Is Arrested atRequest of John Cox, Who Seeks Misting 15-Year-Old Daughter.
Victor McMillen, a local agent for the Smith-Premier Typewritercompany, and active In Y. M. C. A. work, was taken to Sullivan,Moultrie county, to answer a charge of abduction. The arrest ofMcMillen by Chief Deputy Sheriff Fred W. Long followed a searchfor Miss Edna Cox, 15 years old, of Arthur, whom McMillan isalleged to have induced to accompany him to Springfield.
Sheriff Funston of Moultrie county, accompanied by John Fox,father of the girl, came to Springfield in the morning in searchof the girl. She could not be found, and the father causedthe arrest of McMillen. The defendant was taken to Sulllvan toanswer the charge.
McMillen denied his guilt. The girl left her home In Arthur lastThursday, and Is thought to have, come to Springfield to meetMcMillen. The latter, however, says he can produce witnesses toprove that he was attending a meeting of the Y. M. C. A. on thatday. He denied that he knows the whereabouts of the girl.
The father says he will remain at his home for a sufficientlength of time to secure further information. If his daughterdoes not return he will renew the search.
[Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1909 Paper: Daily IllinoisState Journal ( Springfield, IL) Page: 5]
Mattoon, III., March .5. - In a jail delivery at SullivanWednesday night about 7:30 o'clock John and Dave Morgan,who were arrested in this city, about three weeks ago, securedtheir freedom and are now at large. Sheriff Funston of Moultrie county says that some one fromMattoon furnished the men with a key that happened to fit thelock on the Jail doors.
The doors were open when their escape was discovered, and thelocks had not been tampered with. The Morgans had, visitors fromMattoon during the afternoon, and it is known that nothing thatcould be used to pick the locks had been left in the cell.
Wanted in Two Places.
The Morgan boys were arrested in this city on the charge ofstealing a quantity of clover seed from a farmer in Moultriecounty. It also developed that they had stolen seed of the samekind from Will Dole, north of Mattoon. They were arrested on theMoultrie county complaint and taken to Sullivan, where they wereindicted by the last grand Jury. They were in jail awaitingtrial.
There were a number of other prisoners confined in the countyJail, but none of them escaped.
Date: Friday, March 6, 1908 Paper: Daily Illinois State Journal(Springfield, IL) Page: 1
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