previous next

Charge of murder.

--Yesterday — morning Wm. W. Jones appeared before the Mayor to answer the charge of causing the death of John L Curry, a butcher in the First Market. The facts connected with this and affair, as far as we can gather them, are these: On the afternoon of the 21st ult. Wm. W. Jones, Granville Montelle, John L. Curry, and William Peasley, met at Peasley's house, on 17th street, and had a game of cards after several hours' play the game closed, Montelle having won $300 of Curry. Jones prompt settled with Montelle, and Peasley demand payment of Currey but Montelle refused to the Curry have the money, and was about to mount his horse and ride off when Peasley seized him by the collar, telling him he could not leave till the debt due him was paid. Curry being somewhat intoxicated, and seeing Peasley have Montelle by the collar immediately seized Peasley. At this moment Jones joined the party, and, taking hold of Curry, pulled him away, telling him to let Peasley and Montelle settle their own difficulties. Curry at once threatened to cut Jones open for touching him, and thrust his hand under his coat as if to draw a knife. At that instant Jones struck him a severe blow in his face with his fist, causing him to fall heavily across the curbstone. Jones struck him once more with his fist, when Peasley interfered, separated the parties, and took Curry into his house; where he washed his face and hands, partook of two or three drinks, and then mounted his horse and rode home, on Bacon's Quarter Branch, a distance of two miles from the scene of the fight. Curry, ducting his illness, was attended by two or three physicians, who did all in their power to relieve him, but without avail. He lingered in pain till Monday last, when death relieved his sufferings.

The Mayor, on being informed that Justice King, of Henrico county, was about to hold an inquest over the dead body, adjourned the examination till Friday next, and committed Jones to prison till that time. If the evidence before the Mayor sustains the facts already given by us, the charge against Jones will be manslaughter.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Henrico (Virginia, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
William W. Jones (9)
William Peasley (7)
John L. Curry (7)
Granville Montelle (1)
King (1)
Currey (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
21st (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: