Jury Failed to Agree
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)
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
Isaac Johnson, both of this city. Johnson has had his horse on pasture
mountains on account of his being lame. He was taken out of the pasture
months ago. Lebrecht and Johnson were acquainted and Harry asked the
gentleman how much he would give him to find his horse; he did this for
bluff. He asked him if he would give him $5.00; the old gentleman
agreed to give him $4.00 if he found the horse. All this time Lebrecht
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
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
Constitution, Thursday, May 26, 1904, front page)
Self Confessed Husband Slayer Here from
Pen to Tell the Story
Poison Victim in Agony a Whole Week Then Administered Second Dose
Conspiracy Story Weakens Under Grilling Cross Examination; Admits
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
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, Wednesday July 15, 1914 - Submitted by Dale
TO DIE DEC. 18
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
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
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.
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.
Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, January 26, 1916 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]
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
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.
Champion, Elgin, Oklahoma, February 2, 1916 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]
Bridegroom Bank Bandit is Given 40-Year
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
hearing on charges involving her in the looting of the First State bank
wheels of justice in
district court here cut the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
less than twenty-four hours.
were married at
Frederick yesterday shortly after Wilkerson and Clyde Meadows, both of
City, were sentenced to seven years' imprisonment on a plea of guilty
charges of kidnapping J. D. Henderson, farmer, and stealing his motor
fleeing after the robbery Wednesday.
Dewoodie, 18, did not make a plea in the bank robbery case.
No action was
filed against her at Frederick.
captured at Rule, Tex. Most of the loot of $2,100 was
Globe ~ May 1,
1932 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)
Sands & Leon Siler
Officer Killed, 5 Shot as Bank
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
and five other persons, including two men who robbed the Bank of Elgin
earlier in the day were wounded in a gun battle at a small cabin eleven
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
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
after the desperadoes had forced members of two families to harbor
Airplane Spots Them
Authorities decided to remove
the quartet to the reformatory
after a large crowd gathered about the courthouse where they were
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
factor in catching the fugitives. A second plane also was used to spot
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,
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
soon as he could borrow a gun from Medrano. He too was taken prisoner
Medrano home and so were his wife and son when they went there to see
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
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
apart. The other officers then converged on the house, firing. The pair
surrendered when three Oklahoma County Deputies – George Catron, Tom
W. E. Agee – rushed into the house with a machine gun and high-powered
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
door while the other one who had a pistol, jumped over the cashier’s
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,
section I, front page and page 12)
Youths Are Executed for Slaying
McAlester, Okla., June 11 –
Protesting their innocence to
the last, Charlie Sands, 19 years old and Leon Siler, 20 were executed
electric chair at the Oklahoma State penitentiary here early this
the murder of J. E. “Pete” Wilson, a deputy sheriff. (The
Orleans, Louisiana), Saturday, June 12, 1937, page 5)
SHELBY L. DOGGETT
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
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
Scheduled to be extradited
today, in proceedings before the
Blair County court, are:
Shelby Leon Doggett, 23, of
1301 Cypress St., Sweetwater,
Ronald Lockwood, 19 of 1205 7th
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
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
stolen. Doggett walked into City Hall police headquarters about 11:30
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
Police who had been suspicious of the Oklahoma license during the past
locked Lanman up to check his story.
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
Patrolman (Acting Detective) Chester Shiffler were told to question
his possible connection with thefts from soft drink vending machines in
Doggett, in the confusion of
trying to clear himself of
connection with local burglaries, finally broke down and confessed he
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
floor, after Doggett, as Lanman, first reported they may have been
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
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
Doggett and Lockwood became
acquainted as hitch-hiking
companions in Oklahoma. Lockwood, who has a previous juvenile record in
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.
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”
for the money he had on him. The plan was put into effect after they
to drive south.
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
Lanman out of the car and made him strip. Lanman, naked, then bolted
road and Doggett, after chasing him a short distance, fired a shot at
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
Continuing the confession to
Dets. Aurandt and Shiffler,
Doggett said he returned to the car, which Lockwood was engaged in
“Did you kill him?” Doggett
said Lockwood asked. Doggett said
he didn’t know, so they both returned to the site, where they found
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
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
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
as well as his gasoline credit card. He also has been accused by an
husband of running around with his wife. She was reported missing for
during which time she is believed to have been out of the city with
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
jail for investigation. The state police already had notified them the
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
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.
Edwin Mohler, Sgt. Biddle, Det. Sgt. Lee Aurandt and Patrolman
Shiffler, all of
the city police were in the probe.
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
unable to shake himself loose from the web of conflicting stories, he
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
Lockwood and Sciarrilla. Also in the car were an empty pistol holster,
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
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
afternoon. From the description of the road, authorities there made a
and found Lanman’s badly decomposed body in the ditch as described by
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.
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,
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
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
because Shelby Leon Doggett ordered it.
Lockwood is being tried in
Being careful to call the
murder victim Mr. Lanman, Lockwood
related the tale of death, seldom looking at the jury but talking in
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
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.
to be crazy. He told me I better watch it or I would get the same
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
drinking after he was released from the Army in July 1960. He said he
arrested for burglary and received a three year suspended term Aug. 12,
Then on August 18, he said he
and Doggett decided to leave
Lawton and go to Orange, Tex. He said Doggett mentioned rolling someone
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
with Doggett sitting in the back seat of Lanman’s 1960 Ford convertible.
When Lanman stopped at
Surplus City and told them he wasn’t
going any farther south. Doggett pulled the gun, Lockwood said. He
Lockwood back into the car and then handed him a knife, the defendant
After traveling further
south, Doggett made the driver turn
onto a country road, drive east a distance, then stop and remove his
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
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
when he saw him eating breakfast; Mrs. Joseph L. Patterson, a former
barmaid, who said Lockwood told Doggett he also had a gun; several
saw Lockwood and Doggett together Aug. 18 and state crime bureau
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
calmly eating breakfast. He said they left about 5 a.m. the time his
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
purse for a while and Lockwood said he also had a gun though she did
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
employee of Millard’s café, 501 S. Second, who saw them trying to
ride, James Robert Ford, 203-1/2 B, who was night clerk at the Lawton
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
State ballistics expert Roy
Lambert said bullet casings
found at the murder scene matched those fired from the gun returned
suspects from Pennsylvania and Paul D. Boyd, chief identification
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
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.
Following the direct
testimony of Lockwood, noon recess was
called, with cross examination of the defendant due to be made this
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
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
was part time driver for Mercury ambulance when Lanman’s body was
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
divides Comanche and Cotton counties 10 miles south and three east of
Stout said the searchers had
first looked along a county
road seven miles south of Lawton after talking with officers in
where the suspects were arrested. The search location was changed after
subsequent telephone conversations with officers in Pennsylvania, the
Capt. Alford T. Hennessee,
head of the police services
division, testified he took photographs of the badly decomposed body.
the photographs identified by Hennessee, was admitted into evidence
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
a .25 caliber weapon on the opposite side of the road from where the
found. He also drew a blackboard diagram to show the location of the
Sfc. Art Johnson, Fort Still,
former employee of Mercury
Ambulance Co., testified he and Sgt. Paul Gordon removed the body to
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
slug was found in the back of the head and that a bullet hole was found
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
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
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
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
wrist and a ring on the right little finger were the only other
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
the body is that of Jimmy Lee Lanman, the dentist said. The dental work
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
County Attorney Bill Hensley
then entered as state’s
evidence a statement taken from Lockwood by Pennsylvania officers in
with the slaying of Lanman. Landers overruled Field’s objections to
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.
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
Lanman that he had a gun at the back of his head and for him to keep
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
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
road, Lockwood added that he thought he saw “Lanman move and moan”
first shots. Lockwood said in the statement that he heard more shots
After reading the statement
McClung testified that he and
Bus Hoskins, deputy sheriff arrived in Lawton with the suspects shortly
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
After the jury was dismissed,
Field entered an objection
that the suspect was brought back to Comanche county on a warrant
larceny, and that he was not properly charged or arraigned. Landers
the attorney’s objection.
Field also asked that the
statement taken in Pennsylvania
and one taken by officers here be carefully screened “for conflicts.”
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.
Attorney Bill Hensley exercised only one of the nine challenges without
allowed the prosecution and the defense attorney used eight of the nine
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,
penalty. Another 19 said they held fixed opinions in the case and four
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
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
Botkin, 1805 Lake; Robert J. Conners, 3815 Ozroun; William N. Needham,
Atlanta; Jean H. Matthews, 3135 Maple; J. A. Pannell, 3315 Atlanta;
Mongomery, 730 N. 32nd; Trenton R. Porter, 3407
Atlanta; John P. Allison,
1316 Bessie and Robert B. Putnam, 2814 Ozroun. (The Lawton
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
the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Monday night for the robbery-slaying of
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
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
Lanman’s bullet-riddled body was found in high weeds beside a deserted
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
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
bacon, eggs and coffee.
Testimony at Doggett’s trial
established that Lanman had
picked up Doggett and Lockwood as hitchhikers. Lanman was forced to
the spot southeast of Lawton where he was robbed of his watch, ring,
They were arrested in
Pennsylvania several weeks later
driving Lanman’s car. Doggett admitted he shot Lanman on the order of
Doggett’s attorney told the
jury which heard the case that
Doggett was the youngest of 10 children reared by a poverty-stricken
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
by the court. (The Ada Evening News, Tuesday, October 2, 1962, page 7)