- Somerset KY Commonwealth Journal newspaper June 1963:
Somerset businessman James C. Chestnut died early Saturday morning at the Somerset City Hospital from a gunshot wound received during an argument Friday night.
Chestnut, 38, of North Langdon Street, an owner of the Central Vending Company, died shortly after midnight.
Police Chief Harold Catron quoted witnesses as saying Chestnut was shot with a .410-guage shotgun after a disagreement with William E. Calhoun, 75, of 110 Mills Street.
Chief Catron said that according to reports from Calhoun and other witnesses, Chestnut came to the Calhoun home about 8 p.m. Friday and started abusing Calhoun.
Calhoun was quoted as saying that Chestnut grabbed him by the arm and demanded he be told "something." Calhoun said he did not understand what information Chestnut was seeking.
Calhoun said his wife walked into the yard and that Chestnut released Calhoun?s arm and grabbed hers.
Chief Catron said Calhoun then went into his home and got the shotgun. He quoted Calhoun as saying that he returned to the porch and told Chestnut to leave his premises. Calhoun and witnesses said that Chestnut then walked up on the steps of the porch and was quoted as saying "no Calhoun in Kentucky is going to shoot me."
Calhoun said he fired once at a distance of six to eight feet at Chestnut.
Chief Catron said Chestnut turned, walked to his car and drove away.
Catron said Police Lt. Frank Massey and Patrolman Starlin Phillips arrived at the Chestnut home as he was being taken to the hospital.
Calhoun was arrested and charged with malicious shooting and wounding. The charge later was changed to willful murder.
Chestnut had owned and operated the vending service here for years. He was a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church.
The son of Mrs. Ruby Colyer Chestnut and the late James B. Chestnut, he was born April 11, 1925, at Somerset. He was married to Ruth Numley in 1949 at Somerset.
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