The first person to be charged
with murder in Tishomingo County was acquitted.
The first man to be killed in
Tishomingo County was Stephen W. smith, who was shot by
Benjamin F. Reynolds on June 7, 1840. Stephen W. Smith,
Benjamin F. Reynolds, Ira Weems, Alexander Dugger, and
Stephen A. Hale, the two latter residents of Itawamba
County, met at Carrollville on the day before the homicide
and after spending the greater portion of the day drinking
and shooting at a mark returned to their respective homes,
having agreed to meet the next day and hunt together.
Meeting according to agreement at the home of Smith, the
parties became involved in a quarrel and Reynolds shot
Smith, inflicting a mortal wound, from which he died in a
few hours. Reynolds was indicted by the grand jury for
murder in the first degree and Hale and Dugger as
accessories. The parties were later on acquitted in the
Nabors, S. M. History of Old Tishomingo County 1832-1940.
Contributed by Tishomingo
County Historical & Genealogical Society