Contributed by Gigimo
Description: In Court For Eight Years. Judge BRAMMELL, With Three Bullets in Body, Is Still Alive - Had Lost His Suit.Date: November 2 1907
Newspaper published in: Benton, MO
William LEPPER, for thirty years a resident of this city, shot Judge Charles W. BRAMMELL three times in the law office of the latter, then turning the revolver upon himself, blew out his brains.
Judge BRAMMELL is still alive, but has three bullet wounds in the head. One shot shattered both bones of the lower jaw and another severed the palate. He has a chance for recovery, but his advanced age is against him.
LEPPER, who was an old man, has been in constant litigation for the past eight years over property in this city which he lost title to by giving it as security on a deal in stocks. He had attempted to regain the title through the law, which refuses legal standing to a gambling debt.
He was in the office of Judge GROESBECK but a few minutes before the tragedy Wednesday, and it is now believed, with the object of shooting the jurist, but was ejected. He had been watched by the police for weeks. Judge BRAMMELL is one of the leading democratic politicians of the state and has held many important offices.