Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Fatal Quarrel. HODGE, HUTTON, COOPENHAVERDate: June 20 1880
Newspaper published in: Cairo, IL
Last Wednesday morning we mentioned that Wm. R. HODGE and J. D. HUTTON, both prominent citizens of Johnson county, had quarrelled and that HODGE, while attempting to reach HUTTON, was shot through the heart by a third person. This was all we could learn at that time, but the below which we last night found in the Golconda Herald, gives some additional facts: "Wm. R. HODGE and J. D. HUTTON, both well to do, respected citizens of Johnson county, old acquaintances and neighbors, brother Masons as well as brothers in the Baptist church, became involved in a bitter personal controversy growing out of a church trial. Bad blood had existed between them for some time, and while disputing on Tuesday morning a young man named COOPENHAVER, a nephew of HUTTON, walked up to where the old men were standing and shot HODGE through the heart without a word of warning. COOPENHAVER fled, but was closely followed by the Sheriff, who lost track of him at Columbus, seven miles west of here. He is easily identified, having but one hand, and will undoubtedly be captured. COOPENHAVER had been in the neighborhood but a short time, and it is claimed buy HODGE'S friends that he had been brought there by his uncle for the express purpose of committing the murder which he accomplished on Tuesday morning last.