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The next morning the factions fought again, this time in the town of Lincoln. S. cavalrymen. The soldiers were supposedly neutral but in fact were working for the House side. The only injury in this battle was when George Coe wounded a Dolan man named “Dutch Charley” Kruling. Nonetheless, the battle constituted a turning point in the war. It marked the first time the Regulators had shot at government troops. S. Army—in addition to those who already opposed them. The Kid and his fellow vigilantes were increasingly vulnerable and in danger.
He was charged with refusing to stop the deliberate burning of the lawyer’s home. In return for his cooperation in these trials, the Kid expected the government to treat his own cases as mere formalities, but things turned out differently. His first trial concerned the charge of killing Sheriff Brady. The district attorney on this case was an ally of the House, and he consistently blocked efforts to conduct a fair trial. The Kid’s attorney, Ira Leonard, wrote to the governor in Santa Fe to complain about the situation.
S. Army to supply beef, flour, and other staples to the nearby fort. The lines of loyalty in this conflict, as with the hiring of the Kid, were sometimes blurry. Individual “soldiers” from either side often moved from one faction to the other, depending on (among other things) which side paid the best. ” Tunstall’s Death In February 1878, the longstanding friction between the TunstallMcSween group and the Murphy-Dolan group erupted into open violence. Four men in the employ of the House—William Morton, Jesse Evans, Tom Hill, and Frank Baker—confronted Tunstall one day as he was out on horseback, working on his property.