Deputy U.S. Marshal Jacob Owens had a busy year. On April 6, 1871 he arrested Wyatt Earp in the Cherokee Nation for stealing horses. Earp later skipped bail and was never tried.
On April 15, 1872, Owens was a member of a 10-man posse intending to arrest Zeke Proctor for murder—while Proctor was being tried in a Cherokee court. A gun battle ensued and eight members of the marshal’s group, including Owens, were killed; three Cherokee also died. Nobody was tried for what was later called the Goingsnake Massacre.