On Monday, the Court-house bell summoned the citizens and bar to the inauguration of the Circuit Court term. A jury was impanneled, with Mr. F. Lackey foreman, and the charge delivered by Judge Owsley is said to effort of the kind. The first on docket was that of the Commonwealth vs. Slaven for the alleged murder of Henry Smith. The killing took place near Paint Lick, in August, 1871, and the has been pending till the present term. Messrs. Dunlap and Denny having been employed by the defense before the election of the latter to the office of Commonwealth Attorney, the Court appointed Mr. R.D. Lusk to prosecute the case. On Wednesday morning the jury returned a verdict of acquittal.
Interior Journal (Stanford, Kentucky), August 17, 1877.