The Fountain murder trial took place in Hillsboro, New Mexico Territory in 1899 for the killing of an eight-year-old boy, Henry Fountain, three years earlier. Pat Garrett, on his last big case, twenty years after he killed Billy the Kid, investigated the murders of Henry and his father Albert, then lost a major gun battle with the defendants when he tried to arrest them. The trial morphed into a political donnybrook pitting the leading Republican for the prosecution against the leading Democrat for the defense and pitting ranch folk against big time, live-in-town cattle barons. It lasted eighteen days, called over seventy witnesses, and summations ended near midnight. The defense insisted the jury begin deliberations immediately. Though the events are true history, the story is told through the eyes of a fictional reporter, Quentin Peach from the San Francisco Examiner. Convinced of the defendants' innocence, Peach investigates players and background stories to learn who actually murdered the Fountains.
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