After the shootout Virgil and Morgan Earp are laid up in a hotel room recovering from their wounds while Wyatt and Doc are busy trying to protect them. The Nugget editor Dameron is publishing stories claiming the Earps and Doc committed murder while Sheriff Johnny Behan is planning to officially charge them with murder hoping to murder them in the jail or if he can get a change of venue on the way to Tucson. Wyatt sends Doc to talk to Curly Brocius and Johnny Ringo who moved into town to see what they have planned. Behan has also talked to them learning they want the Earps killed but not Doc. Behan gets his warrant against the Earps and Doc but Judge Spicer sets bail once he hears more of the facts. Brocius and Ringo fed up with Behan's plans decide to blast the Earps in the hotel during the funeral for the three dead outlaws. Behan over hears the plan plus their desire for a new Sheriff so he has a deputy notify the Earps. Wyatt develops a plan to stop the outlaws that puts Brocius ... Written by
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In real life the decision was made that there was not enough evidence to try them for murder. Virgil Earp was maimed in the arm on December 28, 1881, and Morgan Earp was killed on March 18, 1883, by the outlaws. See more
Within just a few hours of the O. K. Corral shootout, the enemies of Wyatt Earp were in full cry, led by Editor Dameron of the Nugget and Sheriff John Behan. The outlaws of Cochise County were determined to assassinate Wyatt, his brothers, and Doc Holliday. They would do this with bullets or the trumped up charge of First Degree Murder. Many correspondents from big city papers gathered for what they thought might be a mass lynching - legal or illegal.