Date: 2017-05-13 04:58
Five of the Cowboys (Ike and Billy Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury and Billy Claiborne), Cowboy sympathizer Wes Fuller and Billy Clanton 8767 s and Frank 8767 s horses had ended up in a 65-foot-wide vacant lot on the south side of Fremont Street behind the . Corral. Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton openly wore holstered revolvers in violation of a town ordinance that prohibited the carrying of guns within city limits unless the carrier was entering town, leaving town or in a corral. None of those exceptions applied to Frank and Billy.
Cowboy Billy Clanton still lay dying, his face contorted with pain, when the press began the difficult task of piecing together the details of an October 6886 street battle in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. In later years it would become known as the Gunfight at the . Corral. Richard Rule, veteran city editor of the Tombstone Nugget , helped carry Clanton into the house where the man would pass into history, then returned to the streets to go to work.
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Because Light didn 8767 t see the beginning of the gunfight, he also couldn 8767 t have seen the man who fell on the corner fire any shots. But Light 8767 s testimony clearly identifies two different men being shot on the south side of Fremont street Billy Clanton leaning against the Harwood house in the vacant lot, and Tom McLaury falling on the southeast corner of Fremont and Third. Therefore, Light 8767 s man beside the 8766 house 8767 confirms that Fellehy 8767 s man with a 8766 pistol 8767 beside the 8766 house 8767 not Hayhurst 8767 s 8766 horse 8767 could only have been the same man, Tom McLaury.
The Behan/Cowboy version of the initial gunfire is based on the first shot being fired from Holliday 8767 s revolver at the surrendering Clantons and McLaurys. For this to be accurate, Holliday would have needed to stage a sort of juggling act, firing the revolver, then going to the shotgun to shoot Tom McLaury, discarding the shotgun and returning to the revolver as he chased Frank McLaury into Fremont Street. And he would need to have done it without either the witnesses or survivors seeing it. Behan claimed to have his eyes fixed on the Earp party, and the other pro-Cowboy witnesses testified that the Clantons and McLaurys were lifting their hands to surrender.
On November 7, bartender Andrew Mehan testified at the murder hearing that Tom McLaury had checked his six-gun with him at Mehan 8767 s saloon between 6 and 7 . on the 76th, only an hour before the gunfight, and that the gun was still in Mehan 8767 s safe. But Cosmopolitan Hotel owner Albert Billicke and . Army surgeon . Gardner offered testimony that suggested Tom McLaury had picked up another revolver while visiting Everhardy 8767 s butcher shop.