Yes. George W. McKinney shot Mr. Richard Hailey because he had built
a fence that kept McKinney's cows (farm animals) from being able to
get to the only water hole. It is true, he was tried, convicted,
sent to Rusk, and finally pardoned on 1 Mar 1907 by then Gov.
Campbell(?) of Texas. George W. McKinney was my Great Grandfather.
I can go on if anyone is interested.
Ann McKinney Bowler
Dublin TX Progress July 29, 1892
Last Saturday evening about 7 o'clock one of the most cold blooded
murders that has come to our knowledge for some time was
perpetrated. Mr. R. L. Haley [sic Richmond Love "Bill" Hailey] a
highly respected citizen of near Dublin had been to town after his
mail and had brought in a load of rails which he sold and was on his
way back home, four miles south, when within two hundred yards of
his house and had got out of his wagon to gate he was shot from
ambush with a load of buckshot from a shotgun and instantly killed.
Mrs. Haley was standing on the porch awaiting the return of her
husband and saw the flash of the gun when it went off. She, with
others of the family , ran as fast as possible to the spot only to
find life entirely extinct in the lifeless body of a loving husband
The neighbors were aroused by the shot and cries and rushed to the
scene and immediately sent for Justices H.A. Peacock of Dublin and
J.S. Watson of Alexander; to hold an inquest and who arrived early
Sunday morning. A diligent search was commenced and the tracks
found where the assassin had stood and appeared that he was there an
hour or more waiting for his victim. The tracks were then traced to
the residence of G.W. McKinnie a near neighbor of Mr. Haley, who
appeared to have heard nothing of the noise that had aroused all the
other neighbors. The house was searched and a pair of old shoes
were found wrapped up in a blanket and under the bed that exactly
fit the track they had traced to the house and a double barrel
shotgun was found with one barrel bearing evidence of having been
freshly dischared and the other also being empty. Upon this
circumstantial evidence Mr. McKinnie was arrested and placed in jail
at Stephenville to await an examining
trial next Monday at that place. The fatal shot struck the
unfortunate victim in the left side and out of the three buckshot
entering the body, one plowed its way to the heart.
Mr. Haley was a man of family and about forth-five years of age
[born Nov 1850]. Mr. McKinnie is older and also has a family.
Mr. McKinnie was tried and convicted and sent to prison. Does
anyone know the MOTIVE for this crime?
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