GARRETT, PAT. Two documents signed ("P.F. Garrett Sheriff" and "P.F. Garrett") ) as Sheriff of Dona Ana County, New Mexico, part of a six-page legal document, the cover sheet signed by Governor Miguel A. Otero, Garret's document dated Las Cruces, 7 April and 1 June 1898. Two one-page 4to typescripts, a "Sheriff's Return," and a sworn deposition, bound with four related documents signed by various individuals (the District Attorney, clerks and deputy), the cover sheet an elaborately-printed official form signed by Otero, with a gold state seal at lower left anchoring a gold-embossed state seal, the ribbon extending through binding holes at top, the whole enclosed in a paper cover labelled: "Requisition of the Governor of New Mexico, U.S.A. for Oliver M. Lee and James R. Gilliland Charged With Murder."
FUGITIVE MURDER SUSPECTS
A legal document which tells a vivid story. A depositions by a witness charges that on 1 February 1896, four men, Gilliland, Carr, McNew and Lee "did make an assault" on Albert J. Fountain, "so that he...then and there died." The original warrant addressed by Judge Frank W. Parker to Garrett on 1 June 1898 asks him to arrest the four men who "managed to cover upand supress the evidence against them, according to the District Attorney. Garrett duly arrested McNew and Carr, but Carr one was released upon examination. In his "Sheriff's Return," Garrett certifies that "after repeated and diligent efforts on the part of myself and my deputes, we have been unable to arrest...Lee and...Gilliland, who may have fled...and as I am led to believe, are sometimes in the State of Texas and sometimes in the Republic of Mexico, and...are fugitive[s] from justice."
District Attorney John D. Bryan in turn certifies that "said fugitives have been seen in different parts...since a warrant for their arrest was issued," that he believes "the ends of public justice require that the alleged criminals be brought to this Territory for trial," and that "there is sufficient evidence to secure a conviction." In conclusion he requests Garrett be authorized as an agent for the Territory to apprehend Lee and Gilliland. Governor Otero, in his covering document dated Santa Fe, 17 June 1898, officially authorizes Garrett to apprehend the two men, who are believed to "have taken refuge in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico."