I did a little more research on Ben Lowe last night, looking back in my file.
The Ben that I thought might be in our line turns out to be the same Ben that is actually in your line. He is Benjamin (Benj/Ben) F. Lowe, born 7/1/1854, died 12/8/1910. There is another Benjamin, however, and I don't know "who" he is. He is shown in the 1855 State Census as a head of household, so it couldn't be the same as the one above.
Any way, the one that was murdered was referred to as Ben F. Lowe in the newspaper article. This is reprinted in "Pickens County Alabama History and Families", no dateline given. He was killed by Harry Sullivan, so this is not the same killing that you are asking about in your query. Now you have me very curious. Please give me some more details, like the time frame, when Mr. Lowe was killed by Mr. Donally and the circumstances. Also please give me more information on the Johnson Journal.