Thursday March 19, 1931 JOHN KELLY DEAD, TWO CHARGED WITH
MURDER ARE HELD
Miller Tiger and Jimmy Jackson to Face Murder Charge In Court Here.
Miller Tiger, and Jimmy Jackson, Eufaula Indians were arrested here
early Sunday morning and are held in the county jail in connection
with the brutal murder of John Kelly 32 year old Indian who was
stomped to death at Tiger’s home a few miles west of here
as the culmination of a drunken brawl last Saturday night.
Kelly’s body was discovered early Sunday morning by a neighbor
who went to Tiger’s home to see if he was coming to take his
breakfast with them as had been his custom. Arriving at the house,
the man found Kelly lying on the floor, his body and head a mass
of bruises and his clothing clotted with blood.
Notifying Sheriff John McQuillen immediately, the man had officers
working on the case within a few
hours after the crime.
Both Tiger and Jackson had fled, but were located and arrested before
In the custody of officers, both men admitted that they had been
at the scene of the slaying, but each
maintained the other had committed the crime. They said they had
started drinking together early Saturday night and later had gone
to Tiger’s home, where Kelly’s body was found.
At first officers thought that Kelly had been beaten to death with
the butt of a rifle, but investigation
showed that he had been beaten into insensibility and then stomped
Sheriff McQuillen announced that he had found some bloody clothing
which had been hidden by Tiger a short time after the slaying, and
said the discovery completed the ring of evidence he had drawn about
both Tiger and Jackson.
No enmity was known to have existed between the men, McQuillen said,
and voiced his opinion that all three had become quarrelsome after
drinking for several hours, finally ending in the fight in which
Kelly was killed.
McQuillen said charges of murder in the first degree would be filed
against both men.
Thursday September 13, 1934 RICH INDIAN SLAIN AT CHECOTAH
HOME ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Jefferson “Jeff” Davis, Aged and Wealthyu Creek Indian
Found Dead by B. J. Reynolds. Murder charges against Ellis Eaton,
33, Tahlequah Cherokee Indian; his former wife, Katy Davis, 28 year
old widow of Jefferson Davis, aged wealthy restricted Creek slain
in his home at Checotah last Friday, and Scott Bread, 17, Creek
Indian “boy friend” of Kay, Sheriff John McQuillen of
this county announced today.