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W. MICHAEL FARMER. Conspiracy The Trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililland

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W. MICHAEL FARMER. Conspiracy The Trial of Oliver Lee and James Gililland. Llumina Press. 367 pages; soft cover $19.99, e-book $4.99; llumina.com.

The 1899 Lee and Gililland trial for the murder of Albert and Henry Fountain morphed into a political donnybrook pitting the leading Republican for the prosecution against the leading Democrat for the defense and small ranchers against live-in-town cattle barons. The trial was the summation of Pat Garrett’s last big case. It lasted eighteen days, called over seventy witnesses, and summations ended near midnight. The defense insisted jury deliberations had to begin immediately.