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By LeRoy Jones

When Robert Powe examined his father’s body and found him to be dead, he rode to Alpine to tell Sheriff James B. Gillett of the killing. Gillett, aided by former Sheriff John M. Rooney, rode to the site to pick up the trail but in a short time lost it. He sent information containing Gilliland’s name and basis of the killing to the lawmen of neighboring counties and to the Texas Rangers.

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