The following article is from THE ADAIR COUNTY NEWS, Wednesday 17 Apr 1901
“Killing of John DENTON Occurred at Glasgow Junction Barren County, Twenty Years Ago.
“Some time ago, we published an account of the suicide in this city (Bowling Green) of Stephen LOVEALL, who was said to be inconsolable, worrying over the act of his having killed a man years ago at Glasgow Junction. Hon. Lewis McQUOWN, of this city, is conversant with the facts of the killing, having been one of the attorneys who defended LOVEALL. The circumstances of the killing were about as follows:
“An election for constable was on at Glasgow Junction about twenty years ago and there was a large crowd of people in town, among them LOVEALL and a man named DENTON. Living in the town at the time was an old shoemaker, who conducted a blind tiger in his shop and dealt out whisky on the sly to all thirsty ones. On the day of the election LOVEALL had made several visits to the shop, as had DENTON, and it happened that the former was standing in front of the shop when DENTON, who was a perfect stranger to him, the men never having seen each other before that day, LOVEALL having only a short time before moved to the vicinity of Wayne county, came along, and stopping at the shop, tried to open the door, but found it locked. LOVEALL, in a spirit of fun, said to him, ‘Scratch under’. It angered DENTON in an instant to be thus addressed by a stranger, and he turned quickly around and asked LOVEALL if he wanted to fight. The latter replied to the effect that he would just as soon have a round with him as not, and the two men doffed their coats and were getting ready to go at it hammer and tongs, when bystanders interfered and stopped the fight. They stopped it but a few minutes, however, for DENTON went into the street, which had only a short while before been macadamized and was covered with loose stones, and picking up his hands full commenced to fire them at LOVEALL, who stood dodging like a ‘di-dapper’. But when DENTON picked up a new supply of the stones and commenced to hurl them again, LOVEALL thought it about time for him to ‘return the fire’ and he did so, his first stone striking DENTON on the side of the head, knocking him down. The onlookers by this time interfered and DENTON was able to get up and go home, and LOVEALL was arrested, charged with malicious striking and wounding, and taken before Judge W. GOSSOM, who was the police judge at the Junction. The trial resulted in LOVEALL being dismissed, but about ten days later, DENTON died and LOVEALL was afterwards indicted for murder. There was a large connection of DENTON’s in Barren county, and they bitterly prosecuted LOVEALL. The late Colonel Jas. J. BATES, at that time one of the leading lawyers of Southern Kentucky, was retained to assist in the prosecution. Col. BATES was a close personal friend of the DENTON’s and is said to have prosecuted the case with all the vigor he could command.
“The case was in court at Glasgow before Judge GARNETT for a long time, and was tried seven different times. LOVEALL was represented by Mr. McQUOWN, Major BOTTS and Judge BOLES, and Mr. McQUOWN made six different speeches in the case. Owing to a certain instruction given by Judge GARNETT, and which has since been reversed by the Court of Appeals, it was difficult to acquit LOVEALL, though on every trial a very considerable majority of the jury were for acquittal and it was not until the seventh trial that he was finally acquitted. Col. BATES made his last speech in the case sitting in a chair and it is said to have been one of the best and most powerful he ever delivered. —Bowling Green Times.”
On a parting note, I believe the Adair County newspaper errroneously called the Bowling Green paper, which is the Daily News, the “Bowling Green Times.” I have nowhere found reference to a paper called The Times ever being at Bowling Green.