|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/19/1931.
Knotts Slayer Gets 18 Years in Penitentiary
After being convicted of second degree murder, Enoch Scaggs, slayer
of Roy Knotts, of Minnora, this county, was sentenced to serve a term of
eighteen years in the state penitentiary at Moundsville by Judge Naaman
Jackson, of the Logan county circuit court Thursday of last week.
Scaggs, aged 50, was convicted the week previously by a jury summoned
from Monroe county. Roy C. Knotts, victim of the gunman, was a prominent
citizen of Minnora, this county, was serving as chief of police of Logan
at the time of his murder. He was approached in a Logan poolroom
by Scaggs, who without warning fired five bullets into Knotts' body.
Mrs. M.S. Gherke, of this place, and Miss Virginia Knotts, of Minnora,
attended the hearing in Logan. They were given a bodyguard of state
policemen upon their arrival in Logan city, and like protection was offered
lawyers who prosecuted the case. Among counsel for the prosecution
was Attorney General Howard B. Lee, of Charleston, sent to Logan by Governor
Conley, and Judge Robert Bailey, of Logan.
Scaggs was granted a stay of ninety days pending an appeal to the state
supreme court, and is confined in the Cabell county jail, bail having been
refused by Judge Jackson.