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1923: COTTONWOOD DUEL; R. L. Johnson Killed by H. G. Hall, May 12, Part 4.


"The map, which was introduced by County Attorney Robert McMurchie, showed the position of all the bottles thrown by Hall at Johnson before the shooting occured, including the one which hit in the corner and fell back on the safe, the position of the various eye-witnesses to the shooting, most of them being near the door, the position of the dead man's body, a mark to indicate the pool of blood that formed on the floor and a dotted line to indicate the course taken by the accused man in entering and leaving the room."

"With the aid of the map, the scene of the shooting was most ably visualized for the jurors by the county attorney and the trial was on in full swing. W. E. Norton, one of the eye-witnesses and a resident of Cottonwood, who testified yesterday, again was called to the stand to testify for the state. The early part of the testimony was confined to the identification of the map and his idea of its accuracy. Yesterday he told in considerable detail his version of the shooting, which occurred after the two men had had a quarrel and Hall had said he was going home."

"During the cross-examination of Norton, it was brought out that the defense evidently will seek to establish self-defense. Mr. O'Sullivan's questions leading toward that conclusion."

"Hall, white and with sunken cheeks and burning eyes, sat beside his wife, equally as white and, seemingly, much more nervous, with his two young step-daughters by his side. By turns he rose to join his attorneys, P. W. O'Sullivan, J. H. Morgan and Judge Gibbs of Jerome, returning to sit on the bench behind them."

"The jurors chosen to hear the case include George F. Cain, Fred William Allen, W. D. Brennan, Stanley Brint, C. H. Brown, W. B. Shanks, C. H. Bray, E. F. Dahlain, T. C. Hill, W. L. Harris, Gabriel Garcia and James R. McFarland. Thirty-nine were questioned before the panel was filled."

(Prescott Evening Courier; Tuesday, June 12, 1923; page 3, column 1.)

"SHOT TO SAVE LIFE IS HALL'S PLEA IN TRIAL: Injuries of Defendant are Played Up In Opening Statement."

"Self-defense, the shooting of Robert Johnson having come as the culmination of a feud lasting several months and during which time Harry Garrison Hall, charged with the murder of Johnson, had been warned that Johnson was a 'bad man' and that he at all times wore a loaded revolver and was in the habit of 'shooting from the hip,' was the gist of the plea made by the defense attorneys in the murder hearing of Hall, today in its third day, when the state rested its side of the case at 10:15 o'clock this morning."

"J. S. Akers of Cottonwood was the last man to testify for the state this morning, having been recalled to the stand to identify some snap shots of the pool room in which the tragedy occured on the night of May 12 when Hall was shot through the shoulder and Johnson was killed."

"Before making his opening statement, P. W. O'Sullivan, senior counsel for the defense, rose and demanded the two guns that had been used in the pistol duel, as well as the bullets which had been fired by each of the men. Mr. O'Sullivan then opened his statement by telling the jurors that what the defense would try to prove would be self-defense, the fact that Hall had shot entirely to save his own life."

"'He is a man of 50 or 51,' Mr. O'Sullivan said, 'and has been in very poor health, suffering from rheumatism which he has as the result of his life as a cowboy in the Dakotas, where he received many injuries, including a broken jaw. He also is hard of hearing as the result of a fall into the Wisconsin river when he was a boy of 10 and when he very nearly was drowned. While he lived in South Dakota, he enlisted as a volunteer and served in the last Sioux outbreak.'"

"So much for the defendant's history, except for the fact that he had come to Arizona 10 years ago and lived in Cottonwood for the last six years."

(Prescott Evening Courier; Wednesday, June 13, 1923; pages 1 and 3.)

"SERIOUSLY ILL: Harry Garrison, Cottonwood pioneer resident and business man, is very ill at his home here. For the last week he has been in critical condition and at this writing seems to be a little better but not out of danger by any means. Most of the care and attention given him had been by Mrs. Terah De Webber whose little daughter lies with pails of sand strapped to her leg in an effort to restore it to a normal condition. Mrs. De Webber has her hands full, with the management of their hand laundry in the Tonelli building, her little daughter bedfast, and Mr. Garrison in a critical condition. A sister is with her who renders some assistance. Mr. Garrison seems to be suffering from a set of complications that baffle the doctors and he may be removed to the United Verde hospital. So many of his friends called to see him that strict orders have been given to keep him quiet and allow no one in." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, October 25, 1921; page 2, column 2.)

"GARRISON IMPROVED: Harry Garrison has improved very rapidly and his mind has gone to his stomach. His attendants say all he thinks about is something to eat. ... If he continued to improve as rapidly in the next few days he will be out on the streets again in three or four days." (Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, October 28, 1921; page 2, column 2.)

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