SHACKLEFORD,W.A. – Former Sheriff Heavily Fined (1918)

Title: Heavy Fine and Sentence Imposed on Former Sheriff

Calhoun, Ky., March — W.A. SHACKELFORD, formerly sheriff of McLean county, and J.E. COWGILL, a prominent citizen, were today convicted before the jury and Judge SLACK in circuit court of interfering with the carrying out of justice.  SHACKLEFORD was fined $429 and costs and sentenced to 48 days in jail, and COWGILL was fined $221 and sentenced to 23 days in jail.

The indictments against SHACKLEFORD and COWGILL were returned at the last term of court.  They grew out of the trial against Mans GIBSON who was charged with the killing of Arthur HAYDEN, who later was convicted and is now serving a term in the Eddyville penitentiary.

The indictment against SHACKLEFORD charged that after the case of GIBSON had been submitted to the jury for final consideration, and while the jury was in the custody of Deputy Sheriff James GLENN, and was locked up in the room at the Capitol hotel and procured the presence of J.E. COWGILL, one of the jurors, and after taking him out in the hall and holding a conference, the mind of COWGILL had been changed during the night from returning a verdict of guilty to that of innocent.  The jury failed to agree on a verdict at this term, and were discharged, and the prosecution continued until the last term, when it was concluded, resulting in GIBSON’s being declared guilty and sentenced to the penitentiary.

On the trial SHACKLEFORD admitted that he did have a conversation with COWGILL, but that it was for the purpose of giving him a drink of liquor, and with no intention of interfering with justice.

SHAKLEFORD was represented by Joe MILLER and Dick ALEXANDER, while the prosecution was represented by the county attorney and Commonwealth’s Attorney SMITH.

Hartford republican. (Hartford, Ky.), 22 March 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

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