William Yoko

 
The News
Cartersville, Georgia
May 31, 1901, Page 1
 
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An Arizona Killing.
In Which a Bartow County Man Figures.

The news reached this section of a killing that occurred at Prescott, Arizona, in which a Bartow county man figured to the extent of killing a man in self protection.  The Courier gives the account below of the affair.  Mr. McAlister mentioned was born in Adairsville and has been in the west for some time.

“About 8 o’clock last Saturday evening a shooting occurred at the Empire mine between William Yoko and Sam McAlister which resulted in the death of Yoko.

“Both men had been employed in running the hoist at the mine, alternating a month as to a day and night shift.  Reports are that there was some trouble over the matter of alternating, and Yoko made threats against McAlister’s life.  Yoko was discharged from the employment of the company last Saturday morning.  Trouble was expected on account of Yoko’s threats.  About 8 p. m. Saturday he appeared at the hoist where McAlister was working and promptly opened fire with a revolver.  McAlister started to draw on.  Owing to the fact that his revolver got caught in his overalls Yoko had fired two shots before McAlister fired at all.

“McAlister fired two shots and Yoko sank to his knees saying: ‘I’ll quit, Mac; pick me up.’  He was raised to his feet but could not stand.  He was placed on a blanket and expired in about ten minutes.  One bullet entered his breast and passed through his heart; the other bullet passed through the calf of his right leg.  The bullet that went through his body dropped down between his back and undershirt; did not go through the shirt.  The bullet was found in the dead man’s pants; it was not battered or scratched.

“Both men are well spoken of.  Yoko was addicted to drink and is supposed to have been under the influence of liquor when he made the attack.  He leaves a wife and six children in Phoenix.  The body was brought into Prescott yesterday and is now at Undertaker Logan’s.

“Justice Moore went out, held an inquest over the remains.  The coroner’s jury said, ‘justifiable homicide,’ and McAlister was released from custody.”

 

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