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
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
, 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.