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    John Selman: 1894 Criminal Justice Docket Signed by the Slayer of John Wesley Hardin. This 9.5" x 12.5" Texas document authorizes a warrant for the crime of "disturbance", and issues that warrant to Selman, who at the time was serving as an El Paso constable, to be carried out. Selman, a former deserter from the Confederate cavalry, was himself a former outlaw, having led a band called "Selman's Scouts," who were accused of crimes ranging from cattle rustling to rape and murder in Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1879. In 1880, the gang decamped for Texas, where Selman was quickly captured by Texas Rangers and taken to Shackleford to stand trial. He managed to escape before facing justice, however, and hid out in Chihuahua, Mexico until 1888, when charges against him were dropped, and he was able to return to El Paso, where he later found work, ironically, as a lawman. Clearly a man of violence, Selman was involved in various confrontations, some lethal, leading up to his cold-blooded shooting of Hardin on April 5, 1896, following an argument between the gunslinger and Selman's son. Despite the fact that he shot Hardin in the back of the head in front of witnesses, and then fired three more shots into his body, Selman escaped justice with a hung jury. Less than a year later, Selman died a violent death in a shootout resulting from an argument over a card game. John Selman's signature is a rare one in any form (the Sanders Autograph Price Guide lists a cut signature at $1200), and is especially desirable in this form. Excellent condition, beautifully custom framed to 18" x 21.5". This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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