|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1955|
The Dunklin Democrat, Kennett, Missouri, 10 Dec 1955, Pages 1 and 8
KENNETT MAN SLAIN AS CHILDREN PUT UP CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
Ex-Convict Is Charged In Murder
Trucker Is Killed While Wife Watches
U.L. (Uel) Carter, 41-year-old Kennett trucker, was murdered in his home here Saturday night as he sat with his arm around his wife while two of their children put up Christmas lights only inches away.
Mrs. Carter and the children were not wounded by the charge from a 12-gauge shotgun which struck Carter in the upper chest. He died before officers and an ambulance arrived.
Prosecuting Attorney Leon McAnally today filed first degree murder charges against Arthur D. Cheek, 47, of Kennett who has served 22 years in Michigan prisons after being convicted twice for a 1930 slaying in Flint, Mich.
Officers have uncovered no motive for Carter's slaying. However, Deputy Sheriff Raymond Scott said that about two months ago Carter came to him and him and complained that Cheek was paying improper attention to Carter's wife, Nadine, 39.
Cheek lives next door to the Carter home on East avenue in northeastern Kennett.
He was arrested a few minutes after the slaying by Night Police Chief Ernie Kirkman. The officer said he found Cheek standing near the home of Johnny Ware on East avenue.
Mrs. Ware said that Cheek had come to the home a short time before and handed her a 12-gauge, single-barrel shotgun. Kirkman said the gun contained an unfired shell but that the weapon smelled as if it recently had been discharged.
Tells of Shooting
Mrs. Carter yesterday afternoon described the slaying of her husband to Deputy Scott.
She said that about 6:30 Saturday evening she and Carter were sitting on a sofa in a living room and that her husband had his arm around her. Their children, Gloanna, 12, and Benny, 9, were behind the sofa putting up Christmas lights at a window.
Mrs. Carter said they heard someone walk up on the front porch and knock. Carter did not arise from the sofa, but called for the person to come in.
Mrs. Carter told Deputy Scott that a man she identified as Arthur Cheek walked in carrying a shotgun. Just inside the door he raised the gun and fired at Carter sitting on the sofa with his wife about 10 feet away, Scott quoted Mrs. Carter as saying.
Carter was struck in the upper part of the chest by the full charge from the gun.
Ran To Neighbors
The woman said she grabbed her daughter, Gloanna, and ran out of the house and next door north to the Grover Branch home.
Benny Carter, the couple's nine-year-old son, told Scott that he remained in the room with his wounded father and the man who had shot him. The boy said he asked the man why he had shot his father but that the man did not say anything.
Deputy Scott said that the nine-year-old boy reported he then kicked the man on the shins and pushed him out the front door. Benny then locked the door from the inside, he told the officer.
Entered House Again
The boy said the gunman went around the house and entered the back door. As he came in, the man was reloading the single-barrel shotgun, the youth said.
Benny told Scott that he asked the man if he was going to shoot his father again, but that the man appeared to be looking for someone else. Benny said that the man ordered him to get out of the way and the boy then ran next door to the Branch home.
The Carter's other daughter, Rosita, 14, was not at home at the time of the slaying.
Mrs. Johnny Ware reported to Deputy Scott that Cheek Saturday night came to the Ware home, about a 100 yards south and across the street from the Carter home. She said that Cheek was carrying a shotgun and asked if Mrs. Carter was there.
Mrs. Ware replied that Mrs. Carter was not at her home, and then asked Cheek for the gun. He gave it to her and left, but was arrested near the ware home a few minutes later by Night Police Chief Kirkman and Officer Everett Foley.
Deputy Scott said that Cheek earlier Saturday evening had borrowed a single-barrel shotgun from Max Davidson, 77, another East avenue resident. Davidson said that Cheek had told he wanted the gun to go rabbit hunting. Cheek also borrowed three shells from Davidson, the elderly man told Scott.
Cheek has neither denied or admitted the slaying to officers. Instead he refuses to talk about it when questioned by officers.
Cheek back in 1930 was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of a first degree murder charge for a slaying in Flint, Mich.
He served 17 years of the term before his attorneys won a new trial for him in 1947. This time he was charged with second degree murder and given a five to 15 year sentence.
On March 14, 1952, he was paroled from the Michigan state prison at Marquette and he returned to Kennett. His parole was due to end next March.
For several years after he returned here, Cheek worked for the Robinson Lumber company in Kennett until he was laid off last July. Since then, he has spent some time inn St. Louis.
Had Been Drinking
While refusing to say anything about the slaying, Cheek has told officers that he drank considerable liquor Saturday and was intoxicated when arrested by officers after the slaying.
Dr. Quinton Tarver, county coroner, has set an inquest into Carter's death for 1 Tuesday afternoon in the Circuit court room.
Cheek was arraigned in Magistrate court this morning on the first degree murder charge and his preliminary hearing was sent for December 22. He was denied bail.
Funeral services for Carter were held this afternoon at the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ here with the Rev. L. D. Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Sumach cemetery with the Baldwin funeral service in charge.
Carter was born November 17, 1914, in Kennett, the son of Marion and Minnie McElwrath Carter.
Carter is survived by his parents who live on Holcomb Route 1, his widow, Nadine; the three children, Rosita, Gloanna, and Benny; two brothers, Carl Carter and Jerome Carter, both of Holcomb Route 1, and two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Kirkman and Mrs. Nadine Wren, both of Kennett.
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Jefferson City Post-Tribune, Jefferson City, MO, 12 Mar 1956, Pg 1
8 Prisoners Flee Jail at Kennett
KENNETT, Mo. UP--Eight prisoners sawed their way through two barred doors today and escaped from the Dunklin County jail atop the courthouse building here.
The escape, the third such break from the jail in three years, was discovered by jailer Bill Richardson when he went to serve the prisoners breakfast.
The other prisoners who could have escaped remained in the jail.
Authorities said the escapees used three pieces of broken hacksaw blades they had managed to conceal. They cut through the two jail doors at places which had been welded together after one of the earlier escapes.
Among those who escaped was Arthur D. Cheek, 47, of Kennett, held on a First degree murder charge. Cheek is accused of the fatal shooting of a Kennett trucker at the trucker's home here Dec. 10.
The others are Gene Trenst, 20, Frisbee; Uske Waldo, 49, Kennett; James Roger Kirby, 22, Hornersville; Paul James Tennett, 35, of Ecorse, Mich.; robert Hicman, 17, of Kennett; Hollis Butler, 33, of Rives, and Bobby Randal, 25, of Malden.
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Moberly Monitor-Index & Evening Democrat, Moberly, MO, Tues., 10 Nov 1970, Page 11
Missouri Supreme Court...
Held that Arthur Cheek was adequately represented by former Circuit Judge James V. Billings when he was convicted in Stoddard County of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Nadine Rauls (1916 - 1993)
Minnie Rosita Holt (1941 - 2003)*
Created by: Pam
Record added: May 31, 2013
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