Bill Slocum is accused by Duke Wilson of rustling. They take him in Wichita with plans to lynch him outside town but Earp stops them. Slocum is put on trial while Earp does some investigation which produces a major surprise for the jury.
While riding the range Shorty Beckett spots Bill Slocum with a cow wearing the DUKE brand tied down and Slocum with a fire. The implication is that Slocum is using a running iron to change the brand. Rustling is a major problem in the area. Shorty reports it to Duke Wilson and his foreman. Duke decides they will grab Slocum after a meeting of the Cattlemen's Association in Wichita and take him outside town to lynch him. It also means prime bottom land owned by Slocum will become available. Murdock sees them take Slocum so he warns Earp who interrupts the lynching and takes Slocum into custody. He convinces Slocum to stand trial but has to stand down a lynch mob led by Wilson who has told people Earp will release Slocum. The trial starts with Earp in the unusual position of defense counsel but he is late. He arrives in mid-trial with two unusual witnesses. A cow with Slocum's Bar D brand and her nursing calf. The calf is wearing the DUKE brand which is relatively easy to create from ... Written by
One of the toughest problems Wyatt Earp had to repeatedly contend with in taming the wild and lawless cow town of Wichita was mob rule, when otherwise respectable citizens, and some not so respectable, tried to take the law into their own hands.
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