Recapitulations of the legal actions in New Mexico and against Robert Faulkner
Date of incident: December 24th, 1904 Artesia, New Mexico
Case number 455
The indictment brought against Robert T. Faulkner by the Grand Jury for three actions that provided against the peace and dignity of the Territory of New Mexico on March, 13th, 1905.
John Bolton was the Grand Jury foreman.
The individual Faulkner had the dispute with was Edward Darr. On Christmas Eve, for God’s sake!
The Warrant read, “drawing and handling a deadly weapon in a threatening manner.”
Three individuals were subpoenaed: C. Dies, JT Patrick, Frank Manasco and HS Irby.
The appearance bond was posted by Sol Schoonover and CL Vist in the amount of $500.
At this point, no idea of the outcome of the trial, but court costs were $13.49, including a $10 fine.
It is interesting to note that the defendant is named (and signed) as Robert L. Faulkner
The preceding judge was William Pope and based on case frequency, was probably on a first name basis with Bob Faulkner
This action does not take place in Dayton, but at a saloon in Lake Arthur, New Mexico (that does not have a lake or much of a town.)
Date of incident: December 20th, 1904; took place in Eddy County, but no specific location was mentioned. Dayton?
Case number 475
Territory of New Mexico vs Charles Y Rascoe and Robert T Faulkner
Witnesses to the Grand Jury were GW Christian and JT Patrick
Minor’s name was Joe Morrison; he was allowed to drink, gamble and loiter in the saloon without his parent’s written permission.
GA Shelton and JS Stewart were guarantors and sureties of RT Faulkner’s appearance bond for $500 on March 15th, 1905.
TL Vist and Barney Clark were sureties of the bond for Charles Y Rascoe on March 15th, 1905.
Date of incident: December 1st, 1904; took place in Eddy County, but no specific location was mentioned. Dayton?
Case number 482
Minor’s name was Jim Burgstesser; he was allowed to drink, gamble and loiter in the saloon without his parent’s written permission.
John T Bolton was Foreman of the Grand Jury that was convened on March 13th, 1905 in Carlsbad, NM
Witnesses to the Grand Jury were Jim Burgstesser and JT Patrick
GA Shelton and Robert Faulkner were guarantors and sureties of Charles Y Rascoe’s appearance bond for $500 on March 15th, 1905.
Appears that the total court costs were $83.70, including a $50 fine for the infractions (two $25 fines, unspecified.)
Case number 600
Filed in the Court September 5th, 1907.
Witnesses to Grand Jury: Ira Brown, RE Chipman and JC Wilson
Subpoenas issued to: Dr T Graham, Dr Pinnell JN Fran, WM Baird, HA VanEpps, SP Burnett, HS Shrock and RC Miller on September 6th, 1907 by the Honorable William H Pope.
Subpoena issued for John Ruston on September 5th, 1907
Additonal subpoenas issued to: (Judge) WF Daughtry, Ira Brown, Eugene Chitman and RE Chipman on September 10th, 1907 by Beyar and Brice, attorneys for the defense.
Appearance bond posted in the amount of $3000: Sureties on the bond were as follows: Sol Schoonover, JD Cantrell, John T Rivas, JA Simpson, CA Woolridge, JN Hewitt and WF Harbert.
There are fairly illegible hand-written opening and closing statements by both defense and prosecuting attorneys.
In addition, there are typed instructions to the jury regarding points of law.
The verdict finding Robert Faulkner “Not guilty” was signed by the jury foreman, WG Brown on September 11, 1907, in Department 11.
Date of incident March 16th, 1907; took place in Dayton, Eddy County, NM
Case number 601
Witnesses to the Grand Jury were Ira Brown, RE Chapman and JC Wilson
AM Stove was Foreman of the Grand Jury on September5th, 1907
The specifics of the grand jury indictment are as follows: that Robert Faulkner, late of the County of Eddy in that territory of New Mexico, on the 16th day of March in the year 1907, at the County of Eddy in the territory of New Mexico in and about a settlement of the territory of New Mexico, to wit within the limits of the town of Dayton, in said county and territory a certain deadly weapon, to wit a pistol, unlawfully did carry the same not being so carried in the residence or on the landed estate of said Robert Faulkner, or in the lawful defense of his person, his family, or his property, the same being then and therefore threatened with danger; such carrying not being then and there done by legal authority, contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided at against the peace and dignity of the territory of New Mexico.
Subpoened for trial: HF Daughtry and RE Miller; RE Chitman
Sol Schoonover and RC Faulkner were guarantors and sureties of RT Faulkner’s appearance bond for $500 on September 12th, 1907.
It appears that while Bob Faulkner was found not guilty in the manslaughter charge, he was convicted on this charge and serviced 60 days in the County Jail.
Date of incident: October 18th, 1906; Roswell, Chaves County, NM
Case number 854
Territory of New Mexico versus Robert L Faulkner, Major Locklear, Jim Hamilton and Will Smith;
John R Washington and Robert L Faulkner acted as sureties on the appearance bond for Major Locklear.
Ernest Houghton, minor; 16 years old
Did deliberately sell, give and deliver alcohol to a minor; provide tobacco; and allow the minor to participate in gambling
This was against the peace and dignity of the Territory of New Mexico: allowing a minor to loiter about a saloon.
Thomas C. Stewart owned the property and the secondary indictment appears to charge him with operating a saloon on a Sunday, October 7th, 1906.
Arrest Warrant for Robert L Faulkner on November 7th, 1906 served by Sheriff KA Woodruff.
Only disposition of the case reflected in the court costs were directed to Major Locklear in the amount of $31.85, primarily Sheriff and Clerk charges.