July 26, 1899
P. G. Defee and Dan Pardue, two of the parties convicted in this parish of the murder of Rev. Joe Platt in August 1894, have been pardoned by the Governor. Defee was pardoned on account of his health, and Pardue because of his extreme youth at the time the killing took place. Of the seven men sent to the penitentiary for the killing of Platt, only two remain in that institution – Jim Defee and Coffee Bill Tisdale. Bill Williamson and W. L. Tisdale died in prison, and Sam Williamson, P. G. Defee and Dan Pardue were pardoned.