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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Tales of the US Marshals - "Barney" Connelley - August 19, 1891

On Wednesday, August 19, 1891, Deputy Bernard "Barney" Connelley attempted to arrest Shepard ”Shep” Busby on warrants for adultery at his home on Lee’s Creek about 15 miles from Fort Smith in the Cherokee Nation.

Witnesses heard shots and approached the scene in time to see Busby fleeing in to the woods and found Connelley shot dead.

Busby surrendered about a week later. He was tried, convicted and hanged on April 27, 1892 at Fort Smith.

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