Local Man is Held At Butler On Murder Charge abstracted Audley Stouffer held in slaying of Frank Johnston, 38, near Lernerville Audley, 31, born and raised at Garretts Run, lived with his father Samuel, and was married to Miss Georgia Heffner, also of Garretts Run, and had 6 children. Later he lived at Cowanshannock, and about 7 years ago accidentally shot himself while handling a gun, the bullet entered his head about the nose. Some time ago Stouffer and his family relocated to Lernersville where he worked cutting wood at Coal Hollow, a short distance from Freeport.
The two men quarreled over a money transaction and both were armed with knives. Johnston was unmarried and had been living with a brother in Coal Hollow.
A self-defense plea is expected.
12/21/1929 Audley Stouffer entered a plea of guilty of second degree murder, received a sentence of 7 to 14 years. It is alleged that the two of them quarrelled over moonshine liquor.
12/23/1929 Audley's Stouffer's recount of the events abstracted
He had never been in trouble before except once, when he quarrelled with his brother in law and had been fined for disorderly conduct.
On Nov 3, he had been drinking, but "not enough to stagger around". He was at Mike Gamble's home. He had borrowed a dollar from Frank Johnston and Frank wanted his money back.
A fight broke out, and Audley, nicknamed Shorty, wound up stabbing Johnston with Johnston's knife.