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Hanging of John Z. Carlisle and Charles Luttrell
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The New York Times- May 13, 1893
Mrs. Sherman, Widow of the Murdered
Man, Witnessed the Executions.

Sherman, Texas. May 12. ? John Z. Carlisle and Charles Luttrell were hanged in the jail yard here at 2:06 P.M. to-day for the murder of W.T. Sherman. Both died instantly, their necks being broken.
Mrs. Sherman, the widow of the murdered man, witnessed the execution.
Near Giddings, Texas, in 1886, ?Jim? Brown, afterward killed at Garfield Park, Chicago, while Sheriff of Lee County was severely assaulted by, it was supposed, men with whose misdeeds he had interfered.  One morning, ?Sam? Sparks suspected of complicity in the assault, was found murdered.  It was not until 1887 that an indictment was found against John Carlisle and Ed Meyers.  The latter, upon the evidence of ?Billie? Sherman, got two years in State prison.
Carlisle, who had left the State, was not caught until February, 1891, at Hot Springs Ark.  He was released on bond, fled, was recaptured, and his trial set for May 2 1892.  On April 28, Sherman, the principle witness, was shot dead in his home in Denison.  He was shot while asleep, a charge of buckshot being sent through an open window.
This crime through various clues was traced to John Poe, John Carlisle, Charles Luttrell and Frank Fogg as principals and accomplices.   Luttrell and Carlisle were convicted.  The others have yet to be tried.  
The condemned men carried their cases to every accessible court, but failed in every instance.

The following is a list of individuals executed by the U.S. state of Texas between 1890 and 1899. During this period 101 individuals were executed by hanging. List of Executions 1890?1899, In 1893 ? 13 executions
# Executed person Race Age Sex Date of execution Crime 
192 John Carlisle  White 44 M 12-May-1893 Murder
193 Charles Luttrell [2] White 32 M 12-May-1893 Murder


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