Though Kitt Ross and Jonathan Davis appeared to be on good terms, there had been altercations between them over the years. So, it was not a complete surprise when an ordinary encounter between the two men at a store in Choteau, Cherokee Nation, on December 20, 1885, Ross killed Davis. There were multiple witnesses.
When captured six weeks later, Ross confessed. His only defense was drunkenness.
At trial, Kitt Ross was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death on July 23, 1886. He was hanged at Fort Smith on August 6, 1886.
Author: Bill Lofquist
I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa.
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