State v. George Duke

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. George Duke
Case Date: 
1892
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Murder

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County:

Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
621
Notes / Description: 

The defendant was accused of murdering Bud Elliot and Benton Messick with a pistol. On the evening of the shooting the three men, along with several others, were drinking and wrestling by a haystack near Duke's home. Near the end of the evening Duke told Messick that he owed him money and invited Messick and Elliot back to his home to review the books. Once inside Duke's home Messick and Duke began arguing. Elliot tried to intervene but was shot. Messick was then shot.