May 26, 1899, case number 2618, with the Territory of New Mexico versus Oliver Melton Lee (Pic #1) and James Robert Gililland (Pic #2), opened in Hillsboro, New Mexico, in the murder of Henry Fountain.

Many believe the trial was fixed because the jury was out less than eight minutes and when they came back both men were acquitted.

Why would anyone think that?


  1. Tricia Fidone on January 31, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Probably, there was some later political scandals concerning Oliver Lee + others, why not some jury tampering??

  2. patricia Fidone on February 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    For those who would like to more about these “wranglers” Oliver Lee who was a “pard” of Gilliland, and perhaps Billy, who I know knew Oliver Lee personally, there is a ranch, that Oliver Lee owned off or near Hiway 70 I believe it is now a State Park, worth a trip to this location near Almogordo New Mexico, Oliver Lee played a major part in the history of this particular area any who would like to will come and take a look, the weather in the springtime is excellent.

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