Jerry Barton was associated with the Cow-boy faction in southeast Arizona. He ran a bar in the town of Charleston—a Cow-boy hangout. And he wasn’t shy about using a gun.
In October 1880, four men came into Barton’s establishment, drunk and looking for some cash that they could use for gambling. Barton turned them down, and one of the boys—E.C. Merrill—pulled a gun. Barton was faster and killed him. Barton was arrested; his bail was posted by Frank Stilwell, among others. Barton got off on a self-defense plea.