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Joseph Russell
© Cheyenne Sunbeam
01 Sep 1894
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

From the Canadian Record we learn that Joe Russell, foreman of the Matador ranch, was shot and killed at White Deer last Saturday evening by Bryon Holland, brother of Sheriff Al Holland of Carson County. The two men had been having trouble for some time over a fence enclosing the windmill near Holland's home, Russell tearing the fence down and Holland building it up again.
There were no direct witnesses to the killing, but Mrs. Wheatley testified that Holland was at work on the fence when she saw Russell take his pistol from his hip pocket, place it in the leg of his boot where it would be handier to reach, and then rode up toward Holland. A few moments afterward she heard a shot and saw Russell lying on the ground.
When Russell was picked up his revolver was found in his hand fully cocked.
Holland gave himself up claiming that he acted in self defense.

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