Yesterday the coroner's jury met at Justice Furman's office and heard all the testimony to be had, which was that of Mr. Slaven himself and Special Policeman Richmond, there being no eyewitnesses to the killing. Below is given the statement of
I am employed in transferring mail at the Union depot in Fort Worth. On Saturday night, December 1, l883, when the Santa Fe train came in, I went out to get a truck that I had on the platform in front of the baggage room door. There was someone lying on the truck and had been there for some little time before I caught hold of the truck and pulled it along the platform, shaking it as I pulled it along. When I got in front of where they throw the mail off the mail car I caught hold of him and shook him and asked him to get off. Told him I would have to put the mail on the truck. He said let him alone or something of tho kind. I pushed him and told him that he would have to get off. He got up and called me a g-- d--- s-- of a b----. When he called me that I stepped up and asked him what he meant. He struck me with his fist. As he did that he ran his right hand in his left bosom. As he did that I drew my pistol and fired on him and he dropped. Someone told me I had better get away if I could. I told him I did not want to get away. I gave myself up to Mr. Richmond, a special policeman and nightwatchman at the depot.
Cross examination: I had moved the track 30 or 40 yards with the party on it. I was close to the party, right onto him when I shot him. Did not see any weapons about him. When he struck me I did not strike him back. As he put his hand in his bosom I reached for my pistol. He had his hand in his bosom when I shot.
WILLIAM RICHMOND TESTIFIED:
I am special policeman of the Union depot in Fort Worth. I saw the negro who was shot by Mr Slaven on Saturday night. Did not see the shooting but got there in half a minute after it was done. When I got there the negro was lying on his face. I turned him over. His right hand was in his waistcoat on the left side. I did not make a careful examination of his person but on what examination I did make found no weapons. I have known Mr. Slaven since the 5th day of last September. Hiss character as a peaceable law abiding citizen has been good. When I went to where the man was shot Mr. Slaven was standing at his feet had a pistol in his hand. There was but one shot fired. Mr. Slaven came to me and gave himself up. He said: "I rolled my truck down here and asked the man to get off, kind of pushed him off." said the negro had called him a s-n of b-h and struck him and then ran his hand in his bosom and he had shot him. I asked him if he had meant to strike the negro and shoot him. Said he did not know what he intended to do. It was done so quick. It was not more than a mlnute after the shot was fired that Mr. Slaven gave himself up to me and made the above statement.
VERDICT OF THE JURY.
The coroner's jury rendered the following verdict: At an inquest held upon the body of John Quincy, we, the Jury, and coroner, find the followlng verdict: That the deceased John Quincy died in the city of Fort Worth on the 2d day of December 1883 and that his death was caused by a gunshot wound produced by a shot from a pistol fired by E.K. Slaven, in the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant county, Tex., on the night of December 1, l883. Given under our hand this December 3, l883. Sam Furman, J.P., acting coroner; J.W. House, M. Mansfield, M.W. Baley, J.H. Rushing, J.H. Sears, E. Robert.
HELD FOR TRIAL.
Mr. C.R. Bowlin appointed for the state and Mr. Henry Furman for Mr. Slaven; trial was waived and it was agreed that Justice Furman should determine bond from the testimony before the coroner's Jury. The justice held Mr. Slaven for trial before the district court at its next term and fixed bond at $1000. This was readily given by him and he was released from custody.
Fort Worth (Texas) Gazette, December 4, 1883.