R.L. King and Dock Edwards
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R.L. King
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Dock Edwards Charged with the murder and will be tried Wednesday

R.L. King died Friday morning, Dec. 24, as a result of a lick on the back of the head, and Dock Edwards is now in the Dickens county jail charged with the murder.

Thursday evening, it is reported, Dock Edwards was at the time shop where Mr. King was engaged in the duties of the shop, and during the evening a difference of some character came up and Edwards drew his knife on King. However, parties present interfered, took the knife and suggested that Edwards leave the shop and thus avoid the recurrence of a further difference, he being somewhat under the influence of whiskey. However, it was said that King requested the part to let Edwards stay there and that they would soon go to bed. A short time after this Edwards went to a nearby business place and reported that he had killed King. On investigation King was found wounded on the back of the head, lying on the floor of his tin shop and near a two by six scantling supposed to have been used in the killing. Doctors were called and dressed the wound without effect since King died Friday morning without regaining consciousness.

Edwards was arrested and placed in jail at Dickens. The grand jury which convened Monday, returned an indictment of murder in the first degree. A special venire of one hundred and fifty men has been summoned and the trial of the case set for Wednesday of next week.

This is the second murder trial had in Dickens County since its organization a number of years ago.

R.L.King came to Spur from Dickens and had been operating the tin shop since the opening of the town. He was a man of exceptional ability in his line of business, honest and honorable in business and social relations with his fellow man, and his death in this manner and at this time is a sad occurrence and deplored by the town and country as a whole.

The funeral was held here Christmas day and the remains interred in the Spur Cemetery at four o'clock in the afternoon, and quite a number of friends and acquaintances were present to pay the last tribute to the deceased.

©The Texas Spur, December 31, 1909
From the records of Lillian Grace Nay, Spur Museum, transcribed by B. Hodges, August 2004

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