Ralph Castle Murder
RALPH CASTLE DIES FROM GUN WOUND
Clyde Akers Accused of Shooting At Hill's Beer Parlor
Ralph Castle, age about 26, is dead and Clyde Akers is in jail
charged with firing the shot which resulted in Castle's death.
The shooting took place at a beer parlor known as the "Rising Sun", operated
by Pleas Hill, in Bridgford Addition, a suburb of Paintsville. The shooting
took place near midnight, officers said, Wednesday, and is presumed to have
been the result of a drinking bout.
Only one shot was fired, it is said, which passed through Castle's thigh
severing the large artery of the thigh.
Dies At Hospital Thursday Morning
Castle was removed to the Paintsville Hospital sometime after the shooting but
the man had lost so much blood before the flow could be staunched that he died
about 8 o'clock Thursday morning. In the absence of an examination trial the
full details of the occurrence can not be accurately given as all the fact are
not fully known.
Several eye witnesses, both men and women, are said to have been present, it
is said, and witnessed the trouble which led to the fatal shooting. Castle
received only one gun wound, it is reported, although he is said to have an
ugly wound in the head. Both men were residents of Paintsville where they are
Akers is married and is the father of four children and resides in Bridgford.
He is the son of the late Logan Akers who was found murdered on the river bank
at Offutt about five years ago. Akers made no effort to escape after the
shooting and was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Bridgford by Sheriff
Julius Daniel and deputies Raymond Melvin and Ray Bayes. He submitted to
arrest peaceably and was placed in jail. He was immediately indicted for
willful murder by the grand jury which is in session this week and his trial
set for this (Thursday) afternoon.
This is in line with Circuit Judge Bailey's policy to try murder cases as they
occur, thus keeping the docket clear of murder cases at all times. A plea of
self-defense will be made by Akers it is thought, as Akers claims that Castle
was making an attempt upon his life when the fatal shot was fired.
This is the first murder which has taken place in this county for several
months. Up to Wednesday night not a single murder case was on the docket of
either the Johnson Circuit Court or the Martin Circuit Court, comprising the
twenty-four judiciary district.
June 13, 1940
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