Comanche County, Oklahoma Genealogy

Crime News Articles

Jury Failed to Agree
B. H. Howley Remaining Unconvicted Gives Bail Again
Guthrie, O.T., June 30 - The jury in the district court at Lawton failed to agree on a verdict in the case of B. H. Howie, charged with attempting to kill Robert Gorce last August. Howie has again been admitted to bail and it is believed will never again come to trial. His son J. T. Howie must stand trial on the same charge at this term of court. The men had quarreled over town lots. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, July 1, 1902)

Jones Shot at Lawton
Endeavoring to Escape from Officers Deputy Sheriff Wounded Him
Guthrie, O. T., July 2 - While attempting to escape from the officers, J. P. Jones was shot by deputy sheriffs in Lawton and recaptured. He was taken today to Gainsville, Texas, where he is wanted for various crimes, being considered one of the most desperate border outlaws. Although severely wounded, he was kept in irons all the time. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, July 4, 1902)

Arrested for Horse Stealing

There was an arrest made last evening by Deputy Sheriff Frank Carter; he arrested Harry Lebrecht on the charge of stealing a horse from Isaac Johnson, both of this city. Johnson has had his horse on pasture near the mountains on account of his being lame. He was taken out of the pasture a few months ago. Lebrecht and Johnson were acquainted and Harry asked the old gentleman how much he would give him to find his horse; he did this for a bluff. He asked him if he would give him $5.00; the old gentleman finally agreed to give him $4.00 if he found the horse. All this time Lebrecht had the horse in a pasture a few miles south of town where he had several others he was expecting to ship in a day or two. Lebrecht is a horse trader and a smooth one at that. He gave $500 bond.

The officers of this county are steadily bringing them in and will continue to do so as long as there is any in the county. (The Lawton Constitution, Thursday, May 26, 1904, front page)

Self Confessed Husband Slayer Here from Pen to Tell the Story
Watched Poison Victim in Agony a Whole Week Then Administered Second Dose
Conspiracy Story Weakens Under Grilling Cross Examination; Admits Former Plotting
Brought from behind the bars of the state penitentiary to repeat the story of her confession which implicated as co-conspirators, John Tremont, Italian shoemaker and Mrs. Emma Rivers, a friend, Mrs. Ada Woodward related to a Comanche county jury this morning the full, horrible, details of the slaughter of Sherwood Woodward, popular Chickasha grocery clerk.
How, according to her story, the three conspirators plotted together for weeks to accomplish Woodward’s death and obtain, thereby, the $1,000 insurance carried by her husband; how Woodward, unsuspecting, returned home late one Monday evening, after a hard day’s work, and ate the scantily prepared supper of sardines and poison; how he suffered for eight days in the terrible, gripping, agonies of a poison-laden stomach and, on the eve of a seeming recovery, was given a second dose of poison, as “medicine,” which, two days later, finally accomplished his death.
She admitted to having had illicit relations with Tremont and told of frequent visits from the Italian during the absence of her husband but protested that, through it all, she still loved Woodward and would never have carried out the murder plot had it not been for threats from Tremont and the Rivers woman. She said she had sent for a physician over the protests of the other two alleged conspirators and under threats from Tremont, consented against her will to the administering of the second dose of poison.
Under a grilling cross examination from F. E. Riddle, chief counsel for the defense, Mrs. Woodward weakened her testimony insofar as it affects Tremont, by admitting that she and Mrs. Rivers had plotted Woodward’s death before they had known the Italian and at one time, had tried to induce a man named Sam Dwyer to administer poison. She admitted also that counsel for the state had promised to “take care of her” on condition that she confess full details and admitted the writing of the letter to attorneys, within the past few weeks, expressing dissatisfaction with her confinement in state’s prison and asking if there wasn’t some chance for her still to obtain regular trial in the courts.
Mrs. Woodward was on the stand all forenoon and much of the afternoon.
She told of her first meeting with Tremont, of asking him to peel an orange for her and from that incident starting up an acquaintanceship which quickly ripened into an illicit friendship which brought the Italian frequently to her home in the absence of her husband.
To Start A Rooming House
Plans for the murder of Woodward were formed at a dance, February 17, she said. She and Tremont and Emma Rivers were the plotters, it being understood that they were to split the $1,000 insurance money and go to Oklahoma City and open up a rooming house.
It was on the evening of March 17 one month later, that final steps were taken to carry out the plot.
Lads Sent for the Poison
Tremont himself, said the witness, sent her two small sons for the stuff with which to carry out their plans. Herbert, seven years of age, was sent for the sardines and Ralph, age five, went for the “rat biscuit.” Tremont, she said, wrote the note on which the poison was sold. It said “send rat biscuit.” She admitted helping Tremont spell “biscuit.”
When the lads returned she says Tremont mixed the poison with the sardines and placed the death trap in a bowl on the dining table.
The rest of the sardines were given to the little lads for their supper, they were put to bed, Tremont left and she laid down in the front room, feigning illness.
Ate Supper in Silence
Shortly after six o’clock, Woodward came home. She told him supper was on the table awaiting him and in silence, he ate it without question.
About 9 o’clock they went to bed. An hour later, Woodward complained of pains in his stomach and shortly afterward began to vomit at the same time being afflicted with gripping pains.
Against the advice of her co-conspirators, she said, she sent for Dr. Stinson. The physician pronounced it a case of ptomaine poisoning and administered medicine, returning several times during the week.
After a week of continual pain and suffering, Woodward was able to get up and go to town the following Monday morning. He remained but a couple of hours, though and returned home.
Second Dose Finished Him
That evening, Tremont came. Woodward was sitting up and the Italian expressed surprise to see him able to set up.
Through fear that Woodward was going to recover, she said, Tremont told her that evening that another dose would be necessary. They planned to give it the following evening.
Tuesday Woodward went to town and stayed practically the whole morning, returning and going to bed shortly after noon.
Late Tuesday evening, Tremont came again and mixing a second “rate biscuit” in water, administered it to the sick man as “medicine.” Shortly afterward, Woodward again took violently ill and on the following Thursday morning, about 5 o’clock died.
The first dose of poison had been administered March 17, she said. Woodward died March 27.
Other Men To See Her
Defense counsel laid the foundation for evidence of frequent visits from other men and a general habit of loose morals on the part of Mrs. Woodward when detailed questions were asked as to visits from certain other men, of meetings at various points and of notes exchanged.
Mrs. Woodward denied illicit relations with other men than Tremont but admitted having gone to Anadarko to meet one man. None other than Tremont, she said, had come to see her during the absence of her husband.
About the Rivers Woman
Animosity against Woodward on the part of Mrs. Rivers was explained by the witness on the grounds that Woodward had urged his wife not to associate with her. Woodward had told her, she said, that Rivers woman had had improper relations and for that reason, the Rivers woman was not a proper person for his wife to associate with.
She admitted that she and Mrs. Rivers had talked of killing her husband several months before they knew Tremont.
She denied that state’s counsel had promised immunity to her if she would testify but finally admitted that she had told persons that they had agreed to “take care of her.” She admitted that, on the advice of the county attorney, she had refused to discuss her case with Eugene Hamilton, a Chickasha attorney whom the court had appointed to represent her.
Breaks Down and Weeps
Court adjourned shortly before noon when the witness broke down and wept so that she could answer no further questions for the moment. She had shown little sign of distress under the grilling cross examination from the defense counsel but, when her letter from behind prison bars was read, calling attention to the slight hope of returned freedom, she could stand it no longer.
Denies Immunity Pledge
On cross examination by County Attorney Oscar Simpson this afternoon, Mrs. Woodward denied emphatically that any promise of immunity had ever been given her, declaring that not even an intimation of relief from penalty had been offered. The county attorney’s last admonition, before her first testimony in court, she said, had been that so far as she was concerned, her life was spent and she might as well go before the court and swear to the whole truth. (The Lawton Constitution, Thursday, August 28, 1913, page 1 & 8)

Caldwell Murdered
Z T. Caldwell, 67 years old, and residing south west of Lawton, is believed to have been foully murdered last week, and Red Eagle Eye, p. Cherokee Indian, is in jail charged with the crime.
The Indian is known to have driven away from the place with Caldwell's team, wagon and trunk, and this he admits, but denied knowing anything about the man's death.
It is said the body was buried in an old well. Mr. Caldwell was last seen alive in Cache last Wednesday. The murder was committed with an axe.
[Farmer's Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, Wednesday July 15, 1914 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]


On Tuesday Judge Johnson set December 18 as the day on which Henry A Siegler shall be hanged. But his setting the date before the expiration of the term of Governor Cruce will no doubt mean that his sentence will be changed to life imprisonment.
(Farmers Champion, Elgin, Ok, December 2, 1914 - Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Murder at Cache

About nine o'clock Friday morning, Frank Lutz, who lives east of Cache, was shot to death by Bat Carr at the latter's home in cache, following a fist encounter in which Lutz seemed to be the aggressor.
Lutz married an adopted daughter of Carr. Not long ago Carr's wife died leaving considerable property, most of it being willed to charitable institutions and about $2000 to Mrs. Lutz. Carr decided to break the will and this Lutz did not like.
There was no eye witness to the killing. Mrs. Lutz watched the first part of the fracas and then ran to the business part of town telling people that Lutz was killing Carr. After Lutz had pounded Carr up considerably the latter began firing, one bullet passing through his heart.
Lutz ran and was found lying on his back dead some distance up the street. Carr was sitting on the porch with revolver in hand when citizens approached but promptly laid the gun down. On Lutz was found the iron from a single tree and a pair of knucks. Carr was badly bruised up, one eye being swollen shut and the other eye almost shut.
[Farmer's Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, July 21, 1915 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

Charged With Murder
Four men have been arrested charged with the murder of Fatty Hopkins at Lawton on Nov. 7, last. They are his son George Hopkins, Elmer Akers, a brother-in-law of George Hopkins.and two negroes, Tom Colie and James Brooks, who had been working for the murdered man. Tom Colie has confessed to his part of the work. Three drops of blood were found on his hat. The hat and some of Hopkins' blood were sent away for analysis and it was pronounced to all be from the same person. Colic admits to doing the killing and claims that George Hopkins hired him to do it.
Hopkins' will, which was filed a few days after his death, left all his property, about $40,000, to his son George. It was believed that Hopkins had considerable money on him at the time he was murdered but Colie claims that he found only $49.
[Farmer's Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, January 26, 1916 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

Held on Murder Charge
In justice court at Lawton last Thursday, George Hopkins and Elmer Akers were bound over to the district court to be tried for the murder of Fatty Hopkins, father of George Hopkins.
The main evidence was the testimony of Tom Coley, who testified on the stand that he killed Fatty Hopkins with an axe and that George Hopkins hired him to do it, promising him $500.00, a home in either Oklahoma City or Lawton, a saddle horse and the race horse, Miss Pippin, to do the killing.
James Brocking, the other negro who had been arrested and who is the son of Tom Coley's wife, was dismissed, as there seemed to be no evidence against him.
[Farmer's Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, February 2, 1916 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

Bridegroom Bank Bandit is Given 40-Year Term

Lawton, Okla., April 30--- A bridegroom bank robber and his best man accomplice were sentenced to serve forty year each in prison today while the bride waived preliminary hearing on charges involving her in the looting of the First State bank in Indiahoma.

The wheels of justice in district court here cut the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wilkerson to less than twenty-four hours.

They were married at Frederick yesterday shortly after Wilkerson and Clyde Meadows, both of Oklahoma City, were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment on a plea of guilty to charges of kidnapping J. D. Henderson, farmer, and stealing his motor car while fleeing after the robbery Wednesday.

The bride, Lottie Dewoodie, 18, did not make a plea in the bank robbery case.  No action was filed against her at Frederick.

The robbers were captured at Rule, Tex.  Most of the loot of $2,100 was recovered.

(Joplin Globe ~ May 1, 1932 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

Charlie Sands & Leon Siler

Officer Killed, 5 Shot as Bank Bandits Caught

Robbers Injured Slightly in Exchange of Fire as Posse Storms Cabin and Captures Raiders

Four are Seized – Police Plane Leads to Hideout in Tiny Woods Dwelling in Oklahoma – Lawton, OK., May 31 (AP) – An officer was killed and five other persons, including two men who robbed the Bank of Elgin of $600 earlier in the day were wounded in a gun battle at a small cabin eleven miles east of here Friday afternoon.

The bandits only slightly hurt, were Leon Siler, 20, of Seminole, and Charles Sands, 20 of Fletcher. They were taken to the Granite Reformatory for safekeeping with their two woman companions, Mrs. Silor, 20 and Ruby Moore, 18 of Healdton.

Pete Wilson, 42, Grady County Deputy Sheriff was killed. Wounded were B. R. Stephens, president of the bank; R. B. Deeds, Elgin Constable, and A. J. Medrano, farmer, at whose cabin the shooting occurred after the desperadoes had forced members of two families to harbor them. All will recover.

Airplane Spots Them

Authorities decided to remove the quartet to the reformatory after a large crowd gathered about the courthouse where they were jailed.

The two way radio equipped air plane of Sheriff Stanley Rogers of Oklahoma County only one of its kind in use in the Nation was a great factor in catching the fugitives. A second plane also was used to spot the bandit car as it sped over the countryside.

After abandoning their car and wading half a mile through the creek, the bandits rushed into the Medrano home waving guns, warning the couple, whose 18 month old son was with them to “Keep your mouth shut.”

The posse, hot on the trail, stopped at the home of C. L. Ambrose, a quarter mile from the battle scene where Ambrose offered to aid as soon as he could borrow a gun from Medrano. He too was taken prisoner at the Medrano home and so were his wife and son when they went there to see what caused Ambrose’s delay.

Fire at Arm’s Length

After officers had been told the bandits had left the Medrano home, Wilson and J. E. Bailey, Comanche County Deputy found tracks leading from the creek.

With pistol drawn, Wilson stepped into the house. Mrs. Ambrose said he and Sands exchanged four or five shots hardly at arm’s length apart. The other officers then converged on the house, firing. The pair surrendered when three Oklahoma County Deputies – George Catron, Tom Miller and W. E. Agee – rushed into the house with a machine gun and high-powered rifles.

The State Bureau of Criminal Identification said both men have prison records.

The $600 taken in the bank robbery was found in the cabin. They had entered the bank while the girls remained in front.

They didn’t even ask us to put up our hands, said Cashier Evelyn Ezell. One of the men armed with a sawed off shotgun stood at the front door while the other one who had a pistol, jumped over the cashier’s cage and took the money on the counter.

Then he made us go with him to the vault, where he took some more money. (The Dalls Morning News, (Dallas, Texas), Saturday, June 1, 1935, section I, front page and page 12)

Youths Are Executed for Slaying Deputy

McAlester, Okla., June 11 – Protesting their innocence to the last, Charlie Sands, 19 years old and Leon Siler, 20 were executed in the electric chair at the Oklahoma State penitentiary here early this morning for the murder of J. E. “Pete” Wilson, a deputy sheriff. (The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), Saturday, June 12, 1937, page 5)


Police Solve Oklahoman’s Murder

Pair, Including Altoona Youth, Held in Slaying – Case Develops When Authorities Investigate Wrecking of Stolen Car

The cold-blooded murder of a Lawton, Okla., man was solved yesterday as city and state police co-operated in investigating the story of a stolen car which ran into a ditch along E. 6th Ave. road Wednesday evening.

The body of the victim, James L. Lanman, of 1209 Oaktown, Lawton, Okla., was not discovered until late yesterday afternoon after authorities there were given the location through descriptions furnished by his alleged slayers.

Scheduled to be extradited today, in proceedings before the Blair County court, are:

Shelby Leon Doggett, 23, of 1301 Cypress St., Sweetwater, Tex.

Ronald Lockwood, 19 of 1205 7th Ave.

Posed as Victim

Doggett has been posing as Lanman for the past 10 days. He has confessed he shot Lanman to death on an Oklahoma lane Aug. 19 while and Lockwood, a hitch-hiking companion, were trying to rob him.

The confession came about 2 p.m. yesterday after Doggett had been jailed by city police when he reported the Lanman convertible had been stolen. Doggett walked into City Hall police headquarters about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, pretending to be Lanman, to report the alleged theft.

State police already had reported the Lanman car had been wrecked on the E. 6th Ave. Rd. about three hours earlier. City Police who had been suspicious of the Oklahoma license during the past week, locked Lanman up to check his story.

Police Collaborate

It was as part of the total investigation of the stolen car and its contents by both city and state police that Det. Sgt. Lee Aurandt and Patrolman (Acting Detective) Chester Shiffler were told to question Lanman on his possible connection with thefts from soft drink vending machines in the city.

Doggett, in the confusion of trying to clear himself of connection with local burglaries, finally broke down and confessed he was the killer of the man whose car he had been driving.

Lockwood, together with Raymond Sciarrilla, 19 of 317 1st Ave., had been arrested by city police at 1606 7th Ave., second floor, after Doggett, as Lanman, first reported they may have been driving the car he reported stolen.

Sciarrilla was the driver of the car at the time of the wreck on E. 6th Ave. All three men were in the car, together with several girls, at the time of the accident. They fled, leaving the girls, one of whom was slightly hurt, behind.

Sciarrilla Not Involved

Sciarrilla, police emphasized is not involved in the murder in Oklahoma. This is the story of that crime, as Doggett told it to local authorities yesterday.

Doggett and Lockwood became acquainted as hitch-hiking companions in Oklahoma. Lockwood, who has a previous juvenile record in Altoona, had been discharged from military service recently.

Doggett said he and Lockwood were given a lift by Lanman in his 1960 Ford convertible. The time of the pickup was set about 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the area of Lawton.

Some seven miles south of Lawton during the time they stopped at a service station, Doggett and Lockwood decided to “roll” Lockwood for the money he had on him. The plan was put into effect after they continued to drive south.

Chased Victim

Doggett, who had a 25 caliber automatic, put the gun to the side of Lanman’s head and told him to turn off on a side road. He ordered Lanman out of the car and made him strip. Lanman, naked, then bolted down the road and Doggett, after chasing him a short distance, fired a shot at him.

The shot hit Lanman in the right side of the head. As he spun around, Doggett shot him again in the chest at a distance of five feet.

Continuing the confession to Dets. Aurandt and Shiffler, Doggett said he returned to the car, which Lockwood was engaged in rifling.

“Did you kill him?” Doggett said Lockwood asked. Doggett said he didn’t know, so they both returned to the site, where they found Lanman still alive. They carried him to a ditch.

“Finish him,” Doggett said Lockwood told him.

Doggett told the local detectives he fired one shot in Lanman’s head and three or four more in his chest. “He didn’t move after that,” he said.

Lockwood Drove Car

Lockwood drove the car when they left the scene, Doggett said, but nearly had a wreck, so Doggett took over the driving.

The pair drove to Route 70, then to the town of Tuskahoma where they spent two days before starting east to Altoona. Local police say they probably arrived here either Aug. 23 or 24.

During the time he has been in the city, Doggett used the name of Lanman. It have him an opportunity to use the dead man’s owner’s card, as well as his gasoline credit card. He also has been accused by an Altoona husband of running around with his wife. She was reported missing for two days, during which time she is believed to have been out of the city with Doggett.

Sergeant Spotted Car

Sgt. Harry E. Biddle had been watching the Oklahoma car, which was parked on 7th Ave. near the Lockwood home. When Lanman walked into the City Hall with his bogus “stolen car” report, police slapped him in jail for investigation. The state police already had notified them the car had been wrecked in Logan Township.

Throughout the next 24 hours of questioning the trio in the wrecked car incident and the probe for burglaries, city and state police worked arm in arm, Chief Vaul E. Rouzer emphasized.

Capt. Singleton Shaeffer, Cpl. Herman F. Gill, Troopers Albert E. Wegemer and William J. Schmitt were on the state police end. Det. Lt. Edwin Mohler, Sgt. Biddle, Det. Sgt. Lee Aurandt and Patrolman Shiffler, all of the city police were in the probe.

Stores Conflict

Credit for the break of getting the Doggett confession goes to Sgt. Aurandt and Acting Det. Shiffler, since it was while they were questioning him on his possible connection with local burglaries, that he was unable to shake himself loose from the web of conflicting stories, he had told previously.

When police examined the  wrecked car, which had been towed to Weyandt’s garage, they found clothing but for Lanman and for Doggett, as well as for Lockwood and Sciarrilla. Also in the car were an empty pistol holster, some knives and some keys.

Doggett admitted that he had taken the gun from its holster after the wreck and had hidden it in a wall at 13th Ave. and 13th St. just before entering the City Hall to report the alleged stolen car. The gun was recovered by Det. Shiffler and Trooper Wegemer.

Find Body in Ditch

When Doggett finally told of the crime, Capt. Cleo Stout of the Lawton police department was contacted by long distance telephone yesterday afternoon. From the description of the road, authorities there made a search and found Lanman’s badly decomposed body in the ditch as described by Doggett. It had seven bullet holes in it.

It tied in with Doggett’s confession that he shot him twice and then five more times after he returned to the scene with Lockwood. Doggett and Lockwood together, Doggett said, carried the body to the ditch.

Oklahooma authories were sending officers here for the extradition of the two men, Chief Rouzer said. (Altoona Mirro, September 2, 1960, front page and page 4)

Lockwood Denies Part in Slaying

Ronald George Lockwood took the stand in his own defense this morning and denied any part in the planning and execution of the Jimmy Lee Lanman murder here last August.

The 19 year old accused murderer from Altoona, Pa., said everything he did in connection with the death of the Lawton golf pro was done because Shelby Leon Doggett ordered it.

Lockwood is being tried in Superior court.

Being careful to call the murder victim Mr. Lanman, Lockwood related the tale of death, seldom looking at the jury but talking in audible tones.

He said he did not know Doggett had a gun, thought he had talked Doggett out of killing anyone for their or car, and was forced with the threat of death to help Doggett and then accompany him.

After the shooting, Lockwood said, “Doggett exclaimed that he didn’t think he (Doggett) had the nerve. I told him it wasn’t nerve. He had to be crazy. He told me I better watch it or I would get the same thing,” Lockwood told the court.

Story of Life

Starting with his arrival at Fort Sill in November, 1958. Lockwood related a long story of his life in Lawton, telling he spent his time drinking after he was released from the Army in July 1960. He said he was arrested for burglary and received a three year suspended term Aug. 12, 1960.

Then on August 18, he said he and Doggett decided to leave Lawton and go to Orange, Tex. He said Doggett mentioned rolling someone for their car or money, but he (Lockwood) tried to talk him out of it.

They started trying to hitchhike, a ride about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 19, he said, and got a ride with Lanman at about 3 a.m. They drove south, with Doggett sitting in the back seat of Lanman’s 1960 Ford convertible.

Pulled Gun

When Lanman stopped at Surplus City and told them he wasn’t going any farther south. Doggett pulled the gun, Lockwood said. He forced Lockwood back into the car and then handed him a knife, the defendant told the jury.

After traveling further south, Doggett made the driver turn onto a country road, drive east a distance, then stop and remove his clothing. Lockwood said he tied Lanman’s hands with the victim’s own belt.

“He said he was going to walk him down the road and tie him up,” Lockwood said. The next sounds he heard were shots, Lockwood said.

Doggett then made Lockwood help him move the murder victim into high grass along side the road and while Lockwood was going through Lanman’s clothes in search of money. Doggett shot Lanman again, Lockwood claimed.

Other witnesses heard during the Tuesday morning session were Charlies Travis, Waurika, who said Lockwood appeared calm about 5:45 a.m. when he saw him eating breakfast; Mrs. Joseph L. Patterson, a former Lawton barmaid, who said Lockwood told Doggett he also had a gun; several persons who saw Lockwood and Doggett together Aug. 18 and state crime bureau experts.

Saw At Café

Travis said he saw them at a care where his wife is employed about 5:45 a.m. Aug. 19. He said Doggett was pacing nervously but Lockwood was calmly eating breakfast. He said they left about 5 a.m. the time his wife went on duty.

Mrs. Patterson said she talked with Doggett and Lockwood at the Ritz bar the afternoon of Aug. 18. She said Doggett put his gun in her purse for a while and Lockwood said he also had a gun though she did not see it.

Those who saw the pair together and testified were Mrs. Kenneth Smith, 308 S. 16th, a waitress at the Lawton café where Lockwood and Doggett had coffee about 1 a.m. Aug. 19; John Bolden a night employee of Millard’s café, 501 S. Second, who saw them trying to hitchhike a ride, James Robert Ford, 203-1/2 B, who was night clerk at the Lawton hotel.

Friend Testifies

Also on the witness stand was Gary Wayne Cooper, 311-1/2 H., a long time friend of Lanman, who last saw him alive in Lawton about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

State ballistics expert Roy Lambert said bullet casings found at the murder scene matched those fired from the gun returned with the suspects from Pennsylvania and Paul D. Boyd, chief identification officer said fingerprints on a card taken by Sheriff Forest McClung matched those taken by a pawnshop operator who sold the gun. Bullets taken from the body could not be identified.

George Zimmer, operator of a pawn shop, said he sold the gun, and identified it, to Doggett Aug. 18.

First witness during Tuesday’s session was Sherriff McClung, who read a statement taken from Lockwood after arrival in Lawton.

Noon Recess

Following the direct testimony of Lockwood, noon recess was called, with cross examination of the defendant due to be made this afternoon.

Numerous objections were raised this morning by defense attorney Vernon C. Field, to the introduction of testimony and evidence concerning the alleged murder weapon. The objections were overruled by Superior Judge Robert S. Landers, presiding in the trial.

First witnesses to testify in the Monday afternoon session were three members of the local police department and a Fort Sill sergeant who was part time driver for Mercury ambulance when Lanman’s body was discovered.

Capt. Cleo Stout head of the detective division, testified it was he who found the body on the south side of a county-line road which divides Comanche and Cotton counties 10 miles south and three east of Lawton.

Stout said the searchers had first looked along a county road seven miles south of Lawton after talking with officers in Altoona, Pa., where the suspects were arrested. The search location was changed after subsequent telephone conversations with officers in Pennsylvania, the officer testified.

Photograph Admitted

Capt. Alford T. Hennessee, head of the police services division, testified he took photographs of the badly decomposed body. One of the photographs identified by Hennessee, was admitted into evidence over objection of the defense attorney, who contended the body had not been identified as that of Lenman at that stage of the trial.

Detective Sgt. Johnny West corroborated Stout’s testimony concerning the finding of the body and testified as to finding two shells from a .25 caliber weapon on the opposite side of the road from where the body was found. He also drew a blackboard diagram to show the location of the body.

Sfc. Art Johnson, Fort Still, former employee of Mercury Ambulance Co., testified he and Sgt. Paul Gordon removed the body to Memorial Hospital and then to Becker Funeral home.

Three Bullets Found

Dr. L. F. Thornton local pathologist testified that he found three lead slugs in the body when he performed an autopsy Sept. 2. He said one slug was found in the back of the head and that a bullet hole was found near the center of the forehead.

Dr. Thornton stated he also found a slug near the seventh rib on the left side and that the rib had a hole in it. He said this bullet probably entered through a wound in the left side of the chest.

The other slug was found near the ninth rib on the left side, the pathologist testified. He said, in his opinion, that either the wound in the head or in the chest was the cause of death.

The doctor also testified that he couldn’t determine exactly from what angle the bullets were fired, but that in his opinion they came from directly in front of the head and chest.

Dr. Thornton said the body was clad only in a pair of shorts when the autopsy was performed, and that a black elastic band on the right wrist and a ring on the right little finger were the only other articles found on the body, which he said was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Dental Fillings Identified

Dr. Leon Cole, Lawton dentist, said he identified the fillings in the teeth as those of Lanman’s There is no question in my mind that the body is that of Jimmy Lee Lanman, the dentist said. The dental work jibes, he added.

Undersheriff Floyd Kennedy testified he took possession of the articles found on the body after the autopsy.

Sheriff McClung was the last witness of Monday’s session and testified that he left for Hollidaysburg, Pa., on Sept. 2 and arrived there Sept. 4.

County Attorney Bill Hensley then entered as state’s evidence a statement taken from Lockwood by Pennsylvania officers in connection with the slaying of Lanman. Landers overruled Field’s objections to entering the statement as evidence.

McClung read the statement, which Lockwood signed. It said that Lockwood and Doggett were hitchhiking a ride about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 19 and Lanman picked them up and drove to Surplus City on U. S. 277.

Drove to County Line

At that point, the statement disclosed, Lanman pulled to the side of the road and said this was as far as he would go. Doggett then told Lanman that he had a gun at the back of his head and for him to keep driving, the statement continued.

Doggett ordered Lanman to drive to the county line road where he told him to get out of the car and strip, the statement added. Lockwood said in the statement that he told Doggett to “tie him (Lanham) to a fence post and someone would find him tomorrow.”

The statement disclosed that Lockwood was sitting in the car when he heard three or four shots fired from behind the vehicle. The statement said he got out and saw Lanman lying on the road.

Lockwood said in the statement he became sick at his stomach when he picked up Lanman’s feet and started to help Doggett carry him from the road, Lockwood added that he thought he saw “Lanman move and moan” after the first shots. Lockwood said in the statement that he heard more shots afterward.

After reading the statement McClung testified that he and Bus Hoskins, deputy sheriff arrived in Lawton with the suspects shortly after midnight Sept. 7.

Taken to Hotel

At this point, Landers ordered the jury dismissed for the day. The jurors left the courtroom and were lodged for the night at the Hotel Lawtonian.

After the jury was dismissed, Field entered an objection that the suspect was brought back to Comanche county on a warrant charging auto larceny, and that he was not properly charged or arraigned. Landers overruled the attorney’s objection.

Field also asked that the statement taken in Pennsylvania and one taken by officers here be carefully screened “for conflicts.” Landers said he would rule on this objection today.

The jury was empaneled from a group of 78 veniremen after 44 prospective jurors had been challenged.

Of those challenged, 35 were barred from serving on the jury because they could not qualify and nine were challenged without cause. County Attorney Bill Hensley exercised only one of the nine challenges without cause allowed the prosecution and the defense attorney used eight of the nine defense peremptory challenges.

Alternate Juror Chosen

The 35 panel members who failed to qualify in the Lockwood case included 12 who said they were opposed to, or could not assess, the death penalty. Another 19 said they held fixed opinions in the case and four were excused because they held deputy sheriff’s commissions.

An alternate juror was chosen to hear the evidence and participate in the deliberations if one of the regular jurors becomes ill. The alternate is J. W. Wint Jr., Rt. 1. Elgin.

Regular jurors all from Lawton include Paul S. Powell, 2931 Euclid; W. E. England, 2913 Euclid; John H. Coady, 909 McKinley; Dale M. Botkin, 1805 Lake; Robert J. Conners, 3815 Ozroun; William N. Needham, 2415 Atlanta; Jean H. Matthews, 3135 Maple; J. A. Pannell, 3315 Atlanta; Walter Mongomery, 730 N. 32nd; Trenton R. Porter, 3407 Atlanta; John P. Allison, 1316 Bessie and Robert B. Putnam, 2814 Ozroun. (The Lawton Constitution, Tuesday, April 18, 1961, front page and page 2)

Slayer Goes to Death

McAlester – Shelby Leon Doggett, after saying he was sorry and that he had made his peace with God, was executed in the electric chair at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Monday night for the robbery-slaying of a young golf professional.

The 25 year old former Sweetwater, Tex., man was calm to the last. As he was, being strapped into the chair he smiled and winked at protestant chaplain, C. O. Bigbie.

Doggett walked steadily as he was led the few steps from his tiny death row cell to the harshly lit execution chamber. He was the 81st person to die there.

He appeared relaxed as guards strapped him into the chair.

When Warden Robert R. Raines asked if he had any final words, Doggett smiled and replied, “No.”

Doggett was pronounced dead by prison physician A. R. Stough at 45 seconds past 10:03 p.m.

Earlier, Doggett told newsmen: “I’m ready to get what I deserve. I had a fair trial and going to the chair won’t be as bad as spending the rest of my life cooped up in here.

“I am satisfied that I have made by peace with God. I am sorry for that fellow’s folks.”

Doggett was convicted in May, 1961, of Killing Jimmy Lee Lanman, 24, professional at the Lawton Municipal golf course in August 1960. Lanman’s bullet-riddled body was found in high weeds beside a deserted county road 13 miles southeast of Lawton.

An accomplice, Ronald Lockwood, 19, Altoona, Pa., was convicted at a separate trial and sentenced to life imprisonment.

A telephone line was kept open Monday night between the prison and Oklahoma City. But no stay came from acting Gov. Everett Collins, president pro tempore of the state Senate.

Both Gov. J. Howard Edmondson and Lt. Gov. George Nigh were out of the state.

Doggett spent his last hours reading two western novels and chatting with Bigbie and Roman Catholic chaplain Rev. Joseph Boucher.

He ate most of his final meal of steak, French fried potatoes and salad. He had been up since dawn and ate a large breakfast of bacon, eggs and coffee.

Testimony at Doggett’s trial established that Lanman had picked up Doggett and Lockwood as hitchhikers. Lanman was forced to drive to the spot southeast of Lawton where he was robbed of his watch, ring, billfold and auto.

They were arrested in Pennsylvania several weeks later driving Lanman’s car. Doggett admitted he shot Lanman on the order of Lockwood.

Doggett’s attorney told the jury which heard the case that Doggett was the youngest of 10 children reared by a poverty-stricken Texas couple. Both Doggett’s parents died while he was on death row.

Doggett was originally sentenced to be executed on Aug. 25, 1961, but received four stays of execution.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals turned down Doggett’s appeal, saying that Lanman’s slaying was one of the most vicious crimes ever reviewed by the court. (The Ada Evening News, Tuesday, October 2, 1962, page 7)