March 4, 1914
Tom Sturdivant, a white man from the hill section of Ouachita Parish, is held in the Monroe jail charged with killing his brother, Joe Sturdivant. The Sturdivant brothers were in West Monroe one day last week, and before leaving town got “tanked up”. On their way home a quarrel ensued between them and they got out of the wagon to fight it out. During the fight Tom Sturdivant struck his brother over the head with a bottle of whiskey. They then got in the wagon and started home. About daylight the next morning the wagon was found by the roadside with the dead body of Joe Sturdivant in it and Tom Sturdivant had disappeared. He was caught later, however, and imprisoned. An autopsy held over the dead man showed that the blow he had received had caused blood clots to form on his brain, which caused his death.