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.
24. Who Killed Dr. Gary? Crime Behind the Pine Curtain