Family Files Submitted By
Rita Stepp Ficht
Murder of Robert Stepp
Robert Stepp was shot at a dance in a tent by Roscoe Dixon Wednesday night of last week in the Clifty creek neighborhood.
was carried on a stretcher by friends who walked over a rough road over a mountain
into the White River valley to this place and put him on a train for
Fayetteville to have treatment in a hospital. Dr. Brown and the young man's
father were on the train with him. Dr. Brown saw that death was near soon after
the train left St. Paul, and young Stepp was taken from the train at Combs,
where he died in the station there a few minutes later.
mother, several young sisters and two brothers and his father and about 25 boys
and girls riding horseback came in when Stepp was carried here on a stretcher.
The mother and sisters stood by, weeping when young Stepp was put on the train.
They stood and watched the train as it rumbled around a curve---the mother
remarking " It is hard to see my boy carried away like that". After
collecting together in the station and crying tears of sorrow for a few
minutes, the mother and her daughters and sons and friends went over to the
Justice of the Peace Hammond's office. The mother was in this office when the
telegram came, saying her son had died at Combs. She never shed a tear on this
news, as her crying had ceased, and she stoicly nerved herself to the ordeal
and swore to a complaint charging that Roscoe Dixon fired the 5 shots that
killed her son. Then she and the other women and girls mounted their horses and
rode back into the hills.
night young men of Combs and St. Paul volunteered and brought the body of
Stepp, wrapped in a white sheet, on two handcars from Combs to Pettigrew and
they pumped the car upgrade, thirteen miles in two hours. Then they went back
to St. Paul and brought a coffin here on a handcar that night. The father of
the dead man rode on the handcar with the corpse. Friday morning the body was
hauled in a wagon by mule team, fourteen miles out to a country cemetery and
buried near Burns' Knob.
Roscoe Dixon fled immediately after he shot Stepp; and is still hiding in the brush.
( This happened September 8, 1921. The cemetery is Radford-Free Will)
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( The following from Madison County Record, July 19, 1923)
Dixon Brothers Arrested on Murder Charge
and Otto Dixon, brothers, who are charged with first degree murder for the
killing of a young man named Stepp at a dance near Red Star in September 1921,
were arrested at Drumright, Okla, one day last week and brought to Huntsville
Sunday by Sheriff Berry and lodged in jail. The father of the young men was
here yesterday presumably for the purpose of trying to provide bond for them
but the Record is not informed what further action will be taken.
We do not know the particulars of the killing further than that it occurred at a dance, as stated above, the Dixon boys and Stepp, also a young man of their age, 20 to 25 years old, becoming involved in a quarrel which resulted in Stepp being shot to death. The Dixon boys left the scene immediately and have since been at large. Their apprehension followed the offering of a reward of $100.00 by the father of the dead boy.
Indictment of Roscoe and Otto Dixon
Rosco and Otto Dixon Indictment
Madison Circuit Court
The State Of Arkansas against Otto Dixon and Roscoe Dixon--Indictment September term 1923
The Grand-Jury of Madison County, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas accuse Otto Dixon & Roscoe Dixon of the crime of murder in the first degree committed as follows, to-wit: The said Otto Dixon & Roscoe Dixon in the said county of Madison, in the State of Arkansas, on the 7th day of September, 1921, unlawfully while acting together with a common purpose and design unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, and with malice aforethought, deliberation, and with premeditation did kill and murder one Bob Stepp by cutting him on the body of the said Bob Stepp with a knife held in the hands of him the said Otto Dixon and by shooting him on the head and body of him the said Bob Stepp with a pistol loaded with gun powder and leaden bullets, and then and there held in the hands of him the said Roscoe Dixon, from the effects of wounds so inflicted he the said Bob Stepp died on the 8th day of September, 1921.
against the peace and dignity of the State of Arkansas.
John W. Nance
Prosecuting attorney 4th Judicial Circuit,
State of Arkansas
Otto Dixon &Roscoe Dixon Witnesses
A True Bill Cora Stepp
H. L. Montgomery
Foreman of the Grand Jury
Filed in open court this 4th day of September 1923
Recorded this 4th day of September 1923 D Simpson
Circuit Clerk and Ex-Officio Recorder
( Submitter's note: I can find no record of the actual trial. I think charges were dropped against Otto for some reason. From family members I learned that Roscoe only served about 2 years. Due to over crowding in the jails, he was let out.)
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