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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 30, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Oct. 30, 1919

L. EVANS DENIES HE’S GUILTY OF JITNEY HOLD UP

County Prosecutor Roberts and Sheriff Terrell following their examination this morning of Lark Evans, the paroled convict, suspected of serious crimes and whom it is suspected may know something about the Jacksonville mountain murder mystery, were exceedingly reticent about what information, if any, they had gained.

Evans, who was indicted last week by the grand jury on a charge of robbery, it is understood denies this charge. He was brought back to this city last night by Sheriff Terrell from Klamath Falls, where he had been working for several weeks at an auto garage and where he was arrested Sunday.

A woman with whom he had been living for a long time past and who claims to be his wife, voluntarily accompanied Sheriff Terrell back to Medford when he brought her husband. There is no charge against her.

It developed after their arrival here that both Evans and she had resided for some time last summer in Medford where Evans worked at his trade of auto mechanic in a local garage.

Relative to the arrest of Evans the Klamath Falls Herald says:

“Lark N. Evans, aged 30, accused of robbery and parole violation and suspected of murdering his aged partner near Jacksonville last spring, is in custody here. Sheriff C. E. Terrell of Jackson county arrived last night to take Evans back for trial.

“Evans is an auto mechanic and had been working in local garages for several weeks, before he was recognized by the police from a photograph. He was arrested Sunday night.”

“Evans was convicted of burglary in Portland last January and admitted for a year’s probation. When questioned by Sheriff Terrell last night he could not deny the burglary conviction but said he could prove an alibi on the hold up charge.”

Evans says he served three years with the Canadian forces overseas and was mustered out at Vancouver a year ago last May. He says he has been married eight years.”

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