Will H. Lyon Murdered.
A Former Cartersvillianís Murder and the Lynching of his Murderer

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
May 17, 1883, page 3
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Our people will remember this young gentleman, who, for a number of months, resided in our midst, staying with his uncle, Mr. John T.. Owen, our clever jeweler. The young man was brutally murdered near Shreveport, La., by C. D. Hutchins on Tuesday of last week. We cannot learn for what purpose the crime was committed, and as yet the cause is clothed in mystery. The press dispatches state that Mr. Lyon was employed as salesman at Mr. Belcherís store at Bossier parish, just across the river from Shreveport. On the day named Will was standing on the front verandah of Belcherís store, when Hutchins rode up and shot him with a double-barreled shot gun. Before expiring the deceased stepped into the store, got his gun and succeeded in wounding Hutchins in the thigh, who was making his escape by flight. Soon after the deceased was shot he dropped to the floor and expired. His murderer was captured and on the following day placed in jail. [Article continues to describe the lynching by mob of the murderer.]Ö

The deceased was a native of Abbeville, S. C., and was about twenty-six years of age. Though he had his faults, he also had a heart that was large, and he was charitably disposed. We extend to the grief-stricken family our sincere condolence.


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