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Charlson Inquest, Costenar Sanxay summoned a jury yesterday — to wit, H. W. Starke, D. T. Carter, Thomas F. Ragland, A. Welsh, M. Seagers, Joseph M. Humphreys, Robert Riddell, James Jacobs, Julius Kracker, John J. Cannon, and Larkin P. Ford, to inquire how, when, and by what means John Griffin came to his death. The jury were sworn and the evidence heard.

Sergeant Keith was voluntarily present as the person charged with the shooting.

Captain John Hill sworn: Captain Hill testified that Dr. Edwards, who had been robbed of $110 the night before, called upon him Monday for assistance in arresting one of the guilty parties, which he promised to render if a warrant for so doing was produced.--A warrant, in the hands of a police officer, was brought to Captain H. afterwards. The police officer said he had a right to summon men to aid him, and did summon several, probably five, (of whom Sergeant Keith was one of Capt. H.'s men to assist him. Capt. H. afterwards saw the deceased after he was shot and before he died; placed a guard over him; and when he died, delivered the body and a pistol found on deceased to the police.

J. B. Hunter, sworn: I, in company with Sergeant Keith and others, pursued Griffin down Elm street, when the deceased turned and fired at Sergeant Keith. Keith then fired at him, but did not hit him. The deceased then ran towards Rocketts street, and down that street. We pursued him. The deceased afterwards stopped and snapped his pistol twice at Keith. Keith had taken a rifle from me, which he now fired at deceased, who fell at the crack of the rifle.

The foregoing is the substance of all the evidence cheited. Upon this, the jury returned a verdict that the deceased "came to his death by a bullet fired from a rifle in the hands of D. A. Keith, on the afternoon of the 23d of September, 1861, in Rocketts, near the corner of Elm street."

It was so clearly a case of justifiable homicide, that Alderman Sanxay did not think it necessary or proper to order Sergeant Keith to be taken into the custody of the police, and he was accordingly permitted to go at large upon his own recognizance to appear and answer the charge before the Mayor's court.

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