But was he a coward as he left the Tombstone street fight?
It’s well known that Ike Clanton ran during the OK Corral shooutout—that Wyatt Earp held his fire when Clanton grabbed his arm and said he was unarmed. That was not the story Ike told on the stand at the Spicer Hearing on November 9. He claimed that Wyatt approached him before the shooting start, stuck a pistol in Clanton’s belly and swore at him. Ike said he grappled with Earp, pushing him near the entrance to Fly’s building before running inside. A few bullets followed Ike in his escape. Judge Wells Spicer didn’t believe this account.