The Fort Worth Register
May 11, 1901
In Serious Trouble Again
Jeff Hardin of Kent County Under Arrest
He is Charged With Shooting A Man Named Stephenson - Particulars of The Affair
It will be recalled by readers of The Register, that during the past winter a man named Hardin played a star role in a escapade which was enacted in one of the club rooms of the city. For the escapade referred to a case, is pending against him in the courts of this county. Hardin, it will be remembered, was at that time holding a position as constable in the county in which he lived. Kent County, perhaps and also that he claimed relationship with the famous John Wesley Hardin of El Paso.
Another chapter has been added to his book. From the Colorado Clipper of Wednesday, May 8, the following is reproduced;
"News was received here last night of the shooting on Monday at Ennis bridge ten miles north of Snyder, of J.L. Stephenson by Jeff Hardin of Kent County. Particulars of the affair as near as can be learned are as follows:
" J.L. Stephenson is a horse buyer, and will be remembered as the man who spent some time here recently, disposing of a couple of Jacks which he kept at the Stokes Stable. He was up in that country purchasing horses. He and Jeff Hardin were drinking a number of horses and were riding close to one another. A dispute arose over some matter and a difficulty ensued, during which Hardin drew a six-shooter and fired at Stephenson, sending a 45-caliber bullet through his head. The ball entered just below the eye and passed entirely through the head, coming out at the back of the skull just above the ear. Reports say that Stephenson is dangerously wounded and that his recovery is doubtful. The wounded man was taken to Snyder and is under medical treatment. Hardin is in custody pending an examining trial.
"Hardin will be remembered as the man who got into trouble at Fort Worth last winter, and only a few weeks ago passed through here enroute home from court in Tarrant County, and was badly used up by parties on the train between Fort Worth and Weatherford."