No One Steals from Barton’s Joint

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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.

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