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The W. B. Gray Shooting
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As written in the Pauls Valley Democrat August 10, 1911

Foul Murderr

Frank Edwards was arrested here last Saturday on information, by Sheriff Rayburn and Deputy Sheriff G.G. Terry, for the murder of W.B. Gray in Pontatoc County.  The story of the murder was told by Edwards after his arrest.  Gray had been to Texas and was returning home in a farm wagon drawn by a team of mules, and he was also leading a horse.  Edwards got with the deceased at Red River and they drove across the country going to Allen, Oklahoma, where the deceased lived.

The story goes that Gray was shot Wednesday and Edwards hauled the dead body covered in the wagon around through the woods until Friday when it was thrown in a thick woods near Hart, where it was found  Saturday morning by some boys who were plum hunting.  Edwards came to Pauls Valley and when arrested had sold the wagon and mules for $175.00 and he had $20.00 besides.  He had the horse shod and had purchased a saddle and was about ready to make his get-a-way, but the officers were too quick for him.

Edwards relates an unreliable story about one Fred McFarlin shooting Gray and threatening him, Edwards, if he told it.  Just why Edwards hualed the body of the dead man around for two days and sold the wagon and mules himself, if another man committed the dastardly murder, he did not explain. 

The body of Gray was badly  mutilated and when found was already greatly decomposed.  There were six bullet holes in Gray's head.

Edwards was taken to Ada Sunday.

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