The Caddo Herald
March 19, 1920
Justice Holds Tipton Under $10,000 Bond
At the preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, held before Justice of the Peace Archibald, M. C. Tipton, charged with robbery in the first degree, was held to await the action of the district court on bond in the sum of $10,000. In default of which he was remanded to the custody of the sheriff and placed in the county jail. The preliminary hearing consumed almost the entire day.
It is thought the case will be tried at the present term of the district court , the criminal term of which will begin March 29th.
April 9, 1920
M.Tipton Gets Ten Years for Robbery
The jury in the District Court at Durant last Thursday, brought in a verdict of guilty in the case of Melvin Tipton charged with robbery in the first degree of Dr. D. Armstrong and assessed his punishment at ten years in the penitentiary, the smallest punishment under the law on the charge.
This case created a good deal of interest throughout the county and the court room was crowded throughout the trial. The defendant Thursday made a motion for a new trial which was overruled by the court and he was sentenced the full ten years. The case will be appealed and meantime Tipton is out on bond until the case is acted upon by the Criminal Court of Appeals.
The Herald has no comment to make. The jurors were the best judges, for they heard all the evidence, all the argument, and all the law as expounded by the Court. They believed him guilty; and their verdict will stand until a higher court passes upon it. The jurors were upright, honorable men who are accustomed to deciding matters of their own of moment every day.
September 10, 1920
Tipton Found last Friday by Taylor
Ruel Taylor came in last Friday from Ottawa, Kansas where he went to get Melvin Tipton, who several weeks ago disappeared.
Tipton, last April, was tried and convicted of robbery in the district court at Durant and given ten years. He was out on bond awaiting the result of his appeal.
Some weeks ago he disappeared under circumstances calculated to make people believe he was dead. He started out on a threshing crew southeast of Durant and had not been seen since. His car was found as was also some bloody clothing and signs of a scuffle. But no body could ever be found.
Ruel Taylor was employed by the bondsman to find Tipton and he did not take long to get the man. Very few people believed that he was dead- the work was too coarse.
Tipton was placed in jail to await the result of his appeal.
The case was upheld by the high court in February of 1923. However, Tipton was granted a pardon by Gov. Walton in April of 1923.