A Fatal Shooting: The sequel to a difficulty that occurred some time ago was enacted on the north side of the square, at the corner of North Main street and East Liberty avenue, Saturday night about 10 o’clock, when Mr. James McCullough shot and fatally wounded Geo. Garland, colored.
In a difficulty some months ago, the negro cut McCullough in the throat, well nigh fatally. In the trail that followed, McCullough was found to have been the aggressor and Garland escaped without even a fine. Garland seems to have regretted that he failed in his effort to murder McCullough and had made threats of his purpose to do so. He was, apparently, in a humor to put the threat into execution Saturday night when he and McCullough met at the hour above stated. Armed with a knife, he started at McCullough, who is said to have warned him to stand back and not advance on him, but he paid no attention to the warning. Finding that warning was doing no good, McCullough fired four shots in rapid succession, two of which struck Garland in the head, and he died at 2 o’clock Sunday morning.
McCullough surrendered immediately to an officer and made bond for his appearance at a preliminary trial on Monday morning. At the trial Monday, before Esq. Lauderdale Richardson, he waived examination and was bound over to the circuit court under a $1,000 bond, which he gave and was released.
Garland is said to have been drunk, or under the influence of some drug. He was reputed to have been dangerous when drunk and, from the information, deliberately sought trouble Saturday night.
[A Fatal Shooting, The Covington Leader, March 1, 1917]