Murder At Mitchell, D.T.
Mirchell, Dak., April 9.—J.T. Pierce, city marshal, was murdered in cold blood this morning by Hank Lewis, a saloon keeper. Pierce was unarmed, and had been called with a posse of men to the assistance of Louis Ellers, a night watchman. Ellers had previously attempted to arrest Lewis, but was deterred by W.A. Sherwin of the Mitchell Mail. Lewis kept a low dive and had been engaged in several shooting affrays. Pierce was a good citizen and quiet and inoffensive. Lewis is in jail, and Sherwin is under $500 bail to await the action of the grand jury. The coroner's jury returned a verdict which makes a clear case of premeditated murder. Great excitement prevails and fears of mob violence were entertained this morning, but it has now quieted down.
Bismarck Tribune, 4/11/1884