Richard Smith

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
September 30, 1869, page 3
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A Sad Affair.

On Friday evening last, the usual quiet of our village was disturbed by the rapid discharge of a pistol, in the direction of the Railroad Bar and Billiard Saloon of Messrs. Geo. W. Lee & Co., which was followed by a general rush of the people towards the above place.  Arriving at the spot, there lay the mortal remains of a young man well known in this community as Dick Smith, weltering in his own blood.  The young man, his former associate, Green Spencer, his murderer, had fled to the mountains, for a refuge of safety, which place he reached unmolested, and is still at large, although diligent search has been made, day and night, for him, by the Sheriff and his posse.  The deceased was killed almost instantly, four balls having taken effect, out of the five discharged at him. It has cast a deep gloom over this community being the first murder committed in our streets, since the war.  Various rumors are in circulation as to the cause of the sad affair, and not knowing the true one we forbear making further remarks, at the present.  Both were in the very bloom of youth and have been friends and associates.


State Correspondence.
Desperate Affray in Cartersville—A Homicide.

Cartersville, Sept. 24, 1869.

Editor Constitution:  Green Spencer killed Richard Smith to-day, in a fight, with a repeater.  Both young men, sons of citizens of this county.  Spencer is a painter and Smith was a barkeeper—both wild.  Said to have fallen out about a gambling debt.  Balls took effect in Smith’s breast, head and back, producing death instantly. – Spencer immediately fled, and, up to this time, has not been arrested.  But there are a large number of men in pursuit.  The killing was done in the streets of this place.

P. S. –It is said that Spencer shot five times, each ball taking effect, and that Smith was unarmed.  John Smith, father of the deceased, lives a few miles from town, and is an excellent man.  It is believed now, that Spencer has made good his escape. (Atlanta Constitution 26th.)

Wm. Spencer, the father of Green Spencer, and his son-in-law—Bradley, have both been arrested, and arraigned before the Justice Court, and committed to jail to await their trial, the former as accessory to the murder, and the latter as accessory after the murder in aiding the murderer to flee from justice.  The case will probably be tried to-day.  The last heard from young Spencer, was that he took the train at Adairsville, and has gone to parts unknown.


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