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 Joseph Wallace Axtell

Joseph Wallace Axtell

Birth
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Death 9 May 1911 (aged 36)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot R_108_1
Memorial ID 162868 · View Source
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On 9 May 1911, Walter was shot in the stomach and instantly killed, by Frank "JJ" Morris, while the latter was attempting to escape a mob after committing a robbery.

The robbery occurred in a pawn shop on First South Street near Commercial Street. After robbing the shop the perpetrators (Morris and his accomplice John Murray/Mike Connors) "ran south on Commercial Street to Orpheum Alley, then to State Street, and then south to Second South Street. There [Morris] ran west on Second South Street to Commercial Street and then diagonally across Second South Street to the sidewalk, where [Walter] was killed, about a block from the place of the robbery. When they left the pawnshop, [the perpetrators] were pursued by one or more persons from the shop calling: "Police! Robbers! Stop them!" At or near State Street and Orpheum Alley, [Morris] shot at or in the direction of one of the persons so pursuing him, and then ran down the street with a gun in his hand, and calling to those in pursuit to: "Stop! Stay back!" A number of persons, twenty or more, joined in the chase, calling out: "There is the other! Stop him! Catch him!" [Walter], who was on the platform of a street car on Second South Street near the place of the homicide, stated as he left the car, "I'll get him," and ran to the sidewalk. There he seized [Morris] by the arm or shoulder. [Morris] turned and said to him, "Stop! You son of a bitch!" shoved him back with one hand, and with the other shot and instantly killed him. Another immediately seized [Morris] by the coat. [Morris] shot and wounded him, and then ran a few rods farther, when he was seized by a deputy sheriff. He also shot at the deputy; the bullet passing though the deputy's clothes. There he was overpowered by the deputy and arrested. [Morris] testified that in his attempt to release himself from [Walter's] grasp his gun was accidentally discharged, and that he remembered nothing more until after his arrest and on his way to the police station." --Harmel L. Pratt, Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of Utah (Chicago: Callaghan and Company, 1914), 431-443.


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  • Maintained by: Dragon Lady
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 162868
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wallace Axtell (26 Apr 1875–9 May 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 162868, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Dragon Lady (contributor 47330740) .