24 Who Killed Dr. Gray?

The Trinity County Courthouse in 1914.

Dr. J. M. Gary was shot to death July 17, 1902 in Trinity County.  He was a practicing physician in Groveton and he was called to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan hotel. 
Howard Magee, Otho Oldacre and Wright Terry were indicted for first degree murder. They were tried before J. M. Smither in Walker County on change of venue. 
The shooting occurred after midnight in Groveton. 
L. B. Eagle had sought out the doctor to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan Hotel. 
Eagle was also murdered alongside Gary.
The two murders were tried separately and Howard Magee had been acquitted of Gary’s murder.

Sanborn Fire Maps offer a tremendous amount of detail about early Texas cities and towns.

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23 The Brother-In-Law shooting

One of the longest criminal trials in Texas history pitted Zemmie Foreman and Douglas Bergman against District Attorney J.W. Simpson.

Simpson drafted two Lufkin lawyers to serve as special prosecutors.

The trial was held in Livingston just 45 days after Veal’s death.

The prosecution’s star witness was a high school teenager who watched the shooting from a picture window of the furniture store.

The defense countered with testimony from Hunter’s baby sister who told jurors that Veal had threatened her life many times over the preceding 15 years.

One piece of physical evidence was a bullet defect in Hunter’s truck that witnesses said was put there by Veal the day before Veal died.

Another former brother-in-law testified that he heard Veal announce he was going to kill Hunter Bergman.

The jury had heard from 84 witnesses over the 29 days in the courtroom. Nevertheless, they came back with a verdict in just an hour and a half.

One side of the courtroom celebrated while the other wept when the “not guilty” announcement came.

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Rangers investigating death at Polk County Jail

POLK COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating an in-custody death that that occurred Thursday morning at the Polk County Jail.

“We are praying for her and her family at this difficult time,” Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said. “The investigation by the Rangers will be thorough.”

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 8:30 a.m., Polk County Jail staff discovered a female inmate unresponsive in her cell. Jail staff immediately started CPR and contacted emergency personnel.

The inmate was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, where 60-year-old Susan Williams from Livingston, was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy is being conducted at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Jail records show that Williams was being held on charges of resisting arrest, search or transport; assault by contact.

Hammack said there were no signs of trauma when the inmate was discovered slumped on a bunk.