Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Erroll KEY of North Salem On Trial For Murder (1915)

[Thanks to Karen Zach for sharing this item]

source: Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) - issue of 16 November 1915

Danville, Ind - Nov 15 - The trial of Erroll Key, 19 years old for the killing of his cousin, Forest Miller, in a fight at a gravel pit near North Salem on Friday morning, June 4, was begun in the Hendricks Circuit Court this afternoon. Key has been a student in the North Salem HS. The mothers of the boys are daughters of the late Joseph Wynn, who, during his life, was one of the heaviest land owners of that region.

There was trouble between the families over possession of the gravel pit and when Erroll Key and his father, Taswell Key went to the pit and met Charles Miller and his sons, Alva and Forest, a fight ensued. It is charged that Erroll used an automatic pistol given him by his father.

It is alleged with instructions to use. Errol Key has been in jail since the day of the shooting. All of the time today was taken up in an effort to select a jury.

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