The Caddo Herald
September 30, 1938
Court Term Begins in Durant Oct. 17th, Three for Murder
District Judge Roy Paul has set his fall term of the District Courts to start Monday, Oct. 17 with criminal cases the first week. Oct. 10 has been set for arraignment day for all who are charged with crime. Only a two day civil docket is to be had.
Three murder cases are set for trial:
Ernie Freeman is to be tried for murder in connection with the killing of R. H. Choate with a car last fall on the streets of Caddo.
Juanita Gardner Bennington is to face trial on a charge of murder in connection with the death of her newborn baby.
Charley Ryburn, of Boswell, Choctaw County Deputy Sheriff, faces trial on a murder charge in connection with the death of Otis Briscoe, who was killed when struck by an auto as he stood in front of his own car at a service station ear Bennington. At a former trial a hung jury was obtained.
Of interest is the fact that there are so many cases against people charged with driving a car while under influence of intoxicating liquor. Eighteen of these cases are docketed.
Five cases of assault to kill are on hand. Theft of animals, burglary, obtaining money under false pretenses, grand larceny and robbery with guns.
Baby Drowns in a 10-Gallon Water Jar
An 18-month old boy, Melvin Wayne Armour, was drowned at 11 o’clock Tuesday a.m. when he tumbled headforemost into a ten-gallon water jar at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Armour, who live in the Bray community a few miles south of Bokchito.
The tragedy occurred while the parents were in the fields picking cotton. They left the boy at the house with several older children. Missing the baby, his playmates started a search, found him in the jar. They extricated the child, but efforts to revive were futile.