In case you haven't found this out yet William Colwell was murdered. A man named David L. Ray appears in the District Court Docket charged with killing him in about 1847-1847. The court minute books are not indexed so you have to cover it page by page. The entries are found in Minute Book 2. Ray went to trial and the jury could not reach a verdict and the court declared a mistrial. Ray was released on bond with a new trial date to be set. I did not find any further court proceedings in the minute book regarding the new trial.