|Birth: ||Jun., 1869|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1925|
Tobias Silent On Eacret Shooting
Held In Jail at Vernon Awaiting His Preliminary Hearing-Shot Eacret Tuesday at Latter's Home
Dispute Arose Over Corn
Mrs. Eacret At Husband's Side As He Fell Mortally Wounded From Shot Fired By Her Own Son
Refusing to say anything other than that he shot in self defense, John Tobias, who shot and instantly killed his step-father, Delmar Eacret, near the latter's home several miles southeast of Uniontown, is awaiting a preliminary hearing on a charge of murder which will be held in the Jennings county court house within several days, according to Sheriff Ray Hearne, of Vernon. Tobias was arrested by Sheriff Hearne Tuesday morning at about 11 o'clock, a short time after the shooting occurred.
Funeral services for Mr. Eacret will be conducted from the Uniontown church Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, with the Rev. Walter Mosley, of Uniontown, in charge. Burial in Bedel cemetery.
Oliver P. Motsinger and Wilbur Grumsey, two farmers in the Uniontown neighborhood, who had accompanied Tobias to the home of the slain man, will give no testimony to the shooting until the time of the hearing, it is said, but they indicated that Tobias shot in self defense, Mrs. Eacret was also a witness of the murder and was within several feet of her husband when he fell.
Tobias, who lives on a farm about two miles from his step-father, had gone to Eacret's home in a wagon accompanied by Motsinger and Grumsey, to get some corn he clained was his, according to a previous agreement made between him and his step-father on the division of a corn crop which they had farmed in partnership.
It is said that he drove to Eacret's home and called Eacret out of his house. After he made known his mission, Eacret is said to have told him to leave the premises and that the corn did not belong to him. Tobias is said to have driven down the public highway about 150 feet, and turned his wagon around. He had driven to the front of the Eacret home again when the step-father walked to the highway brandishing a revolver. Mrs. Eacret followed a few paces behind him. Witnesses have not stated whether threats on Tobias life were made. Tobias was also armed and he flashed a revolver when the step-father was close to the wagon and fired twice in rapid succession, both shots taking effect in the region of the left eye, causing instantaneous death. Mrs. Eacret was near the side of her husband and raised his head from the ground.
Sheriff Hearne stated that a gun, which was the one said to have been carried by Eacret, was lying a few feet from the body of Eacret which had fallen along side of the wagon. The gun was fully loaded. Tobias had reloaded his gun, the sheriff stated.
The dispute over the division of the corn crop raised by Tobias and Eacret is said to have been of long standing. Authorities are inclined to believe that Tobias had anticipated trouble when he called at Eacret's home and had previously armed himself.
Tobias who is 22 years of age, was married about six months ago and with his wife has been living at the home of her parents near Uniontown.
James Brown Eacret (1825 - 1902)
Elizabeth Ann Elstun Eacret (1840 - 1924)
Malinda Belle Rude Eacret (1868 - 1903)
Mattie Mae Miller Rutledge (1883 - 1968)
Myrtle Eacret (1900 - 1901)*
Grace Mae Eacret Walker (1902 - 1990)*
Eva Alice Eacret Garriott (1914 - 2009)*
Clarence Alvin Eacret (1917 - 1973)*
James Tilford Eacret (1858 - 1928)*
Perlina [Lina] Eacret (1860 - 1925)*
Simon Eacret (1863 - 1942)*
Alva Delmar Eacret (1869 - 1925)
Thomas Benjamin Eacret (1879 - 1967)*
Uniontown (Jackson County)
Created by: Karolyn [Kendig] McLain
Record added: Feb 06, 2010
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