Talley Murfree v. State

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
Talley Murfree v. State
Case Date: 
1893
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Carrying an Illegal Weapon

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County:

Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
24
Notes / Description: 

Plaintiff in error was a prison guard responsible for guarding prisoners leased by the State to work in the Coal Creek watershed. Plaintiff was observed carrying a pocket pistol while off duty and the State brought charges. The event occurred two days after General Samuel T. Carnes' forces were deployed to Coal Creek to suppress a labor uprising known as the Coal Creek War. Murfree argued that because of the uprising and potential for conflict, he was always on duty.