from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, April 11, 1901 - page 1, column 6
The indictment against William Ragan, charged with the murder of one Mackey at North Salem in the fall of 1899 has been nollied. Ragan has had two trials, the jury hanging in each instance. There is a general feeling that he never could have been convicted. Mackey received two wounds. One may have been caused by Ragan. It is certain that the other was not. No post mortem examination was held to determine which would was fatal. In the absence of evidence on this point, there was always room for doubt.