Boonville Enquirer Sept 27 1884
The Heilman Tragedy

Last Saterday night John Garrison, a young farmer, was shot and killed near Heilman, in Pigeon township. Garrison had been to a political meeting at Heilman, and in company with Jacob Phillips, Alfed Phillips, Columbus Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Wm Oskins, Seward Oskins, Wm Clark, Benjamin Graham, James Southwood, James Black and George Tennyson, who was returning home, all riding together in one wagon. The party had drank freely during the evening, and were all more or less intoxicated, and on the way a quarrel arose, with the major portion of the crowd arrayed against Garrison and one or two companions. There was nothing serious in the quarreling, being merely a bantering of words, but after awhile the wagon was stopped and Garrison got out, saying he would settle the matter then and there. All but three of the party also alighted from the wagon and gathered around Garrison, and the quarreling was continued. At this point Jacob Phillips, who had been standing on the outskirts of the crowd, elbowd his way to Garrison saying "let me do the d--d son af a b--h, and I'll son settle him." and drawing a revolver he placed the muzzle almost against Garrison 's right breast and fired. The ball entered between the third and fourth ribs, and ranging upward severed the pulmonary artery causing death instantly. At first endeavors were made to conceal the facts relative to the killing, but the arrest of the entire party soon opened their mouths, and at the preliminary trial on Monday, which was conducted by Prosecuting Attorney Hatfield, with J B Cockrum defending, the above facts were adduced in the evidence. Jacob Phillips was held for the crime while the others were discharged; and being refused bail he was brought here Monday night and placed in jail to awaight the action of the grand jury.