Hanging at Owenton


It seems that Henry Smith was not the only one hanged by the mob in Owenton about a week ago, for the murder of Robert Martin near Lusby's Mills on election day.  Squire Hammond, Smith's accomplice, escaped into a corn field, where he was the next day captured and returned to jail.  The Owen News says that Hammond was at one time indicted for larceny, but that Commonwealth Attorney Montford had the indictment dismissed on the ground that the prisoner was insane.  It further says that Hammond's father declares it cost him eight hundred dollars to have the indictment dismissed, but he doesn't know who got the money.


from the Covington newspaper The Ticket, August, 26, 1876