Pampa Morning Post (Pampa, Tex) Tuesday, June 2, 1931
Ex-District Judge is Slain by Wife
Madisonville, June 1 - Mrs. Carl T. Harper shot her husband, the former district judge here to death today and told her friends "I have neither fears nor regrets for what I have done".
She had not been arrested this afternoon and County Attorney Luther Broadway said she probably would not be charged. If any complaint were filed, he added, she undoubtedly would be released on her own recognizance.
Harper, according to the stories told investigating authorities, had been drinking heavily, had threatened his wife's life and attempted even as she shot him to shoot her. The former magistrate had hid a pistol under a sofa, Sheriff J. R. Gibson said he was informed, and lunged for it, but Mrs. Harper reached it first.
When she first pulled the trigger, the cartridge did not explode. Harper was shot through the eye and the right side. He died instantly.
The former judge's career had been in some respects a stormy one. He was tried for murder about 3 years ago in connection with the kill of Lee Rich, a Houston sailor and was acquitted.
Two sons of the couple, Paul 23, and Webb, 21 took their mother's part after the shooting, friends of the wife said.
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