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Pushmataha Newspapers

("The Antlers News Record" - Aug 21, 1915, Antlers, OK)
submitted by Diane Loy

"SHOT FROM AMBUSH" - Jake Loy killed at Edgar Miller's Ranch near Adel. Ball passed through neck - Wesley Jones charged with the crime arrested by Sheriff Wilson and brought to Antlers.

Pushmataha County has another killing to its record. A man by the name of Jake Loy, was shot from ambush near Adel and Wesley Jones has been accused of the charge, arrested and lodged in the county jail. The tragedy occurred on Tuesday evening last about 5:00 on Edgar Miller's Ranch.

Loy is about 25 years of age, was once married but divorced and was said to be in love with Pearl Jones, a sister of the defendent. At the time of the shooting, Loy was talking to Pearl Jones and 2 other girls, Mary Mayo and her sister. It is alleged that Jones had been seen near the scene of the tragedy just prior to the shooting. One of the girls remarked, "there's Wesley, we'd better get away from here." The 3 girls withdrew immediately from the place. In about a minute they heard a shot and Loy fell dead in his tracks. The girls then ran down to the public road where they saw Will Doyle and another man and gave the alarm.

Loy was shot with a Winchester. The ball went clear through the neck. Loy's death being instantaneous, the ball is supposed to have broken his neck. It is said that Jones had made threats that if he ever caught Loy with his sister he would kill him. The news of the tragedy was telephoned in to Antlers but Sheriff Wilson happened to be up in that county at the time. He found Wes at home and placed him under arrest and brought him to Antlers. Jones placed no resistence at all and stoutly denies that he shot Loy. The remains of Loy were taken to Miller where his father lives and interred Thursday.

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