Where did old John Selman go after he killed John Wesley Hardin and why did he get 25 years in the calaboose as “Wes” did in 1876?
St. Peters, Missouri
Selman didn’t get a chance to go to jail. His first trial for killing Hardin ended with a hung jury, and while awaiting a new trial, the abrasive Selman got into a fight on April 5, 1896 with fellow lawman George Scarborough. Selman had been drinking heavily when the two went into an alley to discuss their differences. Scarborough suddenly drew his pistol and started firing. Selman took four slugs, going down without drawing his six-gun. He died the next day.