Midland, Texas, Sunday, Dec 24, 1933
ASA RUTLAND, EX OUTLAW, SLAIN
Midland man gives self up, Bond made
The checkered career of Asa Rutland, ex convict and gunman, came to an abrupt ending here Friday night when four slugs from a .45 calibre pistol pierced his body.
Rutland, foster son of the late John Everetts, served six or seven years in the Texas penitentiary for the murder here in January, 1920 of Claude Hearrell, well-to-do cattleman. The killing of Hearrell in front of the old jail is listed as one of the most sensational crimes in the history of Midland county. Rutland was convicted and given a sentence of five to thirty five years. He had lived in Odessa since his release, but was in Midland frequently.
A. A. Jones, Midland carpenter, surrendered to deputies from the sheriff's office soon after the shooting; 6:30. He made no statement and after Dr. W. E. Ryan had held an autopsy and a coroner's decision was given by County Judge Elliot H. Barron, acting for Peace Justice B. C. Girdley who was out of the city, a hearing was held, at which Jones made bond of $5,000 and was bound over to await action in the February grand jury.""
1. What was the outcome of the grand jury hearing and who was A. A. Jones? The article goes on to say Rutland was killed almost as soon as he walked into the pool hall, which, according, surprised no one.
2. Who was Claude Hearrell and why was he killed?
Any information about these two killings greatly appreciated.
PS. Asa Rutland was John Everetts step son, not his foster son. Asa's mother was Levenia Bolt Rutland Everetts.