Walter Hull shot on Christmas Day 1909
My great-grandfather, Walter Hull b. Jan 9, 1880in Jackson Co WV, was shot by George Reynolds on Christmas Day near Randolph in Bibb Co AL. He died three days later on Dec 28, 1909 in Selma, AL. His assailant was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Oakley and charged with murder. This was reported in the Dec 29th issue of the Montgomery Advertiser.
Another article dated May 23, 1916 said George Reynolds was paroled by the Govenor in 1914 after serving 5 years of a 20 year sentence. His parole was revoked by Governor Charles Henderson after he became involved in some escapade which involved eloping May 7th with a young woman from Tallassee and running off to Hapeville GA. I've only seen small parts of these articles.
I do not have access to the full articles and therefore only know part of the entire story.
I first heard my great-grandfather was murdered at a young age when distant relatives from Utah visited my uncle in the early 1980's. Best I can remember in their verson he was in a shot house when a drunk man walked in and threatened to shoot him. When he said he didn't believe the man would do it the man shot him in the chest. I don't know if any of that is true or not but they knew he was 29yo when he was shot on Christmas Day and died three days later.
I believe my great-grandfather's assailant to be George Reynolds listed in a WWI draft registration dated June 5, 1917 as b. Sept 27, 1890 in Piedmont, AL and employed by the State of Alabama as a cotton mill worker at Speigner, AL which was a convict labor camp. The 1920 Census lists a 30yo George Reynolds as living at Wetumpka which is where the State prison was located and an entry in the 1900 Census for a George Reynolds b. May 1890. His residence was listed as Precinct 8 Ashby (Briarfield), Bibb, Alabama which is where my great-grandmother was born and married to my great-grandfather.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information on my great-grandfather or his assailant.