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It would be two weeks before his ravaged body was discovered in an abandoned well about a mile from his home. Upon the recovery of the body, it was discovered that this old soldier, who had survived the bullets and cannon fire of many bloody battles in the Civil War, could not survived the furry of two shotgun blasts to the face and neck.
Acting swiftly, Sheriff O. S. Bird arrested fifty year old Andrew Sherrills and twenty-two year old Alva Lamar, and charged them with the crime of murder, with robbery being the motive. In the August term of court they were speedily indicted for the meditated, deliberate assault and killing of Kendall by shooting him with a gun loaded with gun powder and leaden bullets. The evidence indicated that it was generally believed that Kendall drew a $50.00 a month pension check from the government and that on the 6th of July when he made this three month journey of 19 miles into Waldron to buy supplies that he had $200.00 on his person.
Prosecuting Attorney J. Sam Wood tried Case No. 741 in front of Judge John Brizzola at Waldron o the 1st, 2nd, 3rd of August 1921. The defendants hired two local law firms Bates and Duncan, and Smith and Payne for their defense. Inspite of the best efforts of the able prosecutor J. Sam Wood, a jury of twelve highly respected citizens of the county returned a verdict of not guilty for both Sherrills and Lamar.
There were no further arrests, therefore, the murderer of veteran Frank C. Kendall has never been brought to justice in this life. His body rests in a beautiful but remote forest, atop a ridge in the southeast part of Scott County, Arkansas in an abandoned cemetery. His government grave marker is protected only by a huge uprooted fallen pine tree that had also lived out its life’s span