|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1928|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1949|
Father: Juneious "June" Barnett
Mother: Lucy (Turner) Barnett
John E. Barnett, Blooming Grove Is Fatally Shot
Charge Of Murder Is Filed Against Frank Cumpston
Frank Cumpston, 60-year-old Blooming Grove nightwatchman, was under a formal charge of murder Monday for the fatal shooting Saturday afternoon of a young man whom the officer was arresting, County Attorney Charles T. Banister announced.
The slain man was John E. (Goober) Barnett, 20, of Blooming Grove. He died of bullet wounds in the neck, stomach and right side at the Navarro Clinic early Sunday morning.
Cumpston, also a deputy city marshall, is at liberty under $2,500 bond. He told officers he shot the youth as he sought to arrest him and a companion on intoxication and speeding charges, Banister said. Cumpston claimed Barnett attacked him during the arresting process at a Blooming Grove service station.
Murder charges were filed beFore Justice of the Peace J. W. Sheppard.
Barnett's companion and driver of a car which Cumpston had pursued through the streets of Blooming Grove, was Charles Kitchens, Banister said. Kitchens was charged with driving while intoxicated.
The case will be presented to the grand jury which is slated to meet Thursday, March 17, the county attorney announced.
Cumpston had been free on $1,000 bail on an assault with intent to murder charge up until shortly after Barnett's death.
Banister and Sheriff David Castles investigated the affair.
Banister said Barnett's body was x-rayed to determine the range of the bullets, and further investigation of the incident is still under way.
Funeral services for Barnett were held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Dresden Methodist church with Rev. John Curtis, Grand Prairie, and Rev. Henry H. Price of the Assembly of God church, officiating.
Burial was at the Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Barnett, and a brother, Robert Barnett, all of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Catherin Willis, Dallas; and grandmothers, Mrs. Mae Hustead, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Delia Turner of Frost.
Pallbearers were Cleatus Putman, Gene Hollingsworth, Don Cunningham, Orville Arnold, Thomas H. Furra and Pete Warren.
Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 7, 1949
Juneious E. Barnett (1896 - 1961)
Lucy B. Barnett (1896 - 1989)
Created by: Karen Knapp Rost
Record added: Sep 05, 2009
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