John Wesley Hardin’s older brother Joe was lynched on June 6, 1874. At least part of the reason: Wes’ killing of Brown County Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb the month before in Comanche, TX.
But other factors were in play. Joe Hardin, a lawyer, had made a fortune in fraudulent land deals and previously had run-ins with Brown County authorities over some disputed cattle. According to some reports, Joe made comments about killing Deputy Webb.
In any case, the elder Hardin had made plenty of enemies of his own, even before Wes killed the lawman.