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Mail Tribune 100

Aug. 4, 1914

Louis Dodge of Ashland, who shot and killed Henry Olson Saturday night, mistaking the latter for a deer, was arraigned in Justice Taylor's court this afternoon on a complaint sworn out by Prosecutor Kelly charging him with manslaughter. The defendant waived examination and was bound over to the grand jury on a $1,000 bail bond, which was furnished by the defendant's father and E.A. Estes.

Carelessness upon the part of Louis Dodge of Ashland caused the death of Henry Olson on Elk Creek last Saturday evening (Aug. 1, 1914), when he was shot through the heart for a deer, according to the verdict of the coroner's jury, held at the Perl undertaking establishment this morning. The verdict is as follows:

"We the coroner's jury, find that Henry Olson was a native of Wisconsin, age 23 years, and that he came into his death from a gunshot wound from a gun in the hands of Louis Dodge of Ashland, carelessly fired."

"Carelessly fired" was substituted for "carelessness" upon the grounds that it was a softer term.

The jury was composed of A.N. Lofland, Al Garrettson, C.H. Herman, Fred Burk, F.C. Clayville and W.A. Malley.

Startling evidence was introduced at the hearing. Three witnesses testified that the dead man was not over 35 feet away from Dodge when he fired the fatal shot, and that it was practically open country. H.O. Childreth of Eagle Point testified that Olson must have been visible "from the knees up." Dodge testified the distance was 40 or 50 feet, the country bushy and that he was guided by noises in the woods.

Dodge, showing plainly the heavy nervous strain, testified that he had heard deer in the brush around the campfire where he was cooking supper. He said he heard the chugging of the hoofs, and before he fired saw plainly the outline of a buck, horns and all. He ran to see the result and found Olson near the trail.

Merle Willits, a young man of Persist, testified that he had measured the distance between the campfire where Dodge was cooking and where Olson fell, and that it was nine rifle lengths. The rifle was 38 inches long. He said that Olson, in traveling from Twin Licks, where Olson left Estes, the third man in the party, had taken the most natural route to reach camp. He testified there was no obstruction between Dodge and Olson, except bare fir limbs.