People vs J.H. Martin
This collection contains court exhibit evidence and photocopied newspaper clippings concerning
the trial and conviction of Joseph Henry Martin. Martin was tried in the 2 nd District Court for
Weber County for assault with a deadly weapon after shooting David Edwards, a Pinkerton
detective, while encountering an extortion ring. Martin was convicted in 1914 and sentenced to
the Utah State Prison for 5 years. Tried again in the same court, Martin was convicted in 1915 on
charges of robbery and given a life sentence.
Typescript transcriptions in the collection include extortion letters addressed to Mrs. Thomas D.
Dee, Mrs. David Eccles, and Mrs. Boyle among others.
Also included are a court exhibit book and a CD-R of scans of the other court exhibit book held
by the Utah State Archives containing photographs bearing court exhibits of x-rays of buckshot
in Martin’s leg, handwriting comparisons, property lists, and correspondence.
Also included in the collection is photocopied newspaper articles from 1913 – 1915 covering
each stage of the case.
More materials related to People vs. J.H. Martin collection can be found at the Utah State
Archeves, Series 4101.
- Other: Date Not Yet Determined
Language of Materials
FD 1 CD-R containing scanned images of case evidence, mostly correspondence, ca.
FD 2 typescript transcriptions of evidence, mostly correspondence, ca. 1913
FD 3 photocopied newspaper articles pertaining to the case, ca. 1913 - 1915
FD 4 bound scrapbook titled People of the State of Utah VS. J.H. Martin, Documentary
Photographs made by T. Kytka, Writing Expert S.F., March 1914
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- Script of description
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