Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, VA

February 9, 1894


It is reported that a sensation has been created among the people of Copper Ridge, Russell county, by the arrest of Bill Baker, an illicit distiller, for the murder, four years ago, of an old man by the name of Brackett, and the murder would, in all probability, have remained a secret forever but for the statement of a woman who thought she was on her dying bed. She was the only living witness.

Baker was indicted for illicit distilling four years ago and taken to Abingdon for trial before the United States Court. The trial was postponed and the prisoner released on bond. Old man Brackett was the principal witness against him, and was on hand ready to testify at the trial.