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Col. D.L. LOVE, was killed Oct. 21, 1881 at Greenville, MS by J.T. LANIER of Huntsville, AL. Mr. LOVE, some years ago while editing a paper at West Point, Clay Co., MS killed Col Louis A. MIDDLETON, editor of a rival paper, for which he was tried and acquitted. (New Orleans Democrat, Oct. 27, 1881).
The Greenville MS newspaper of Oct. 21, 1881: "D.L.LOVE who recently made a publication reflecting on the virtue of a young lady that had just married Mr. LANIER at Huntsville, AL, was killed here this morning. Mr. LANIER, on landing from the steamer Grand Tower, in company with the young lady's father, armed with a double barreled shotgun, discovered LOVE in the rear of Compton's livery stable and immediately opened fire emptying both barrels. LANIER then opened with two large callibre pistols and while LOVE was endreavoring to crawl off, shot him repeatedly, until his pistols were emptied and LOVE was dead. LANIER is in jail awaiting trial." MISSISSIPPI NEWSPAPER OBITUARIES P.10-11&98, Betty Wiltshire. What was the outcome of Lanier's trial? How can we find the statement LOVE made in his publication reflecting on the young lady? Any info appreciated. Sara