At the OK Corral shootout in Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt Earp, along with his brother Virgil and Doc Holliday, shot and killed Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. Cochise County Sheriff John Behan witnessed the gunfight, in which only Wyatt escaped injury. Behan charged the Earps and Doc Holiday with murder. The case went to trial a month later, and the three men were acquitted by Judge Wells W. Spicer, who ruled the shootings were self-defense.Continue Reading
The decision to acquit did not sit well with everyone in Tombstone, and a few weeks later Virgil Earp was gunned down, and Wyatt Earp went looking for the killer. Wyatt killed Frank Stillwell, who was a suspect. That netted Earp a warrant for murder. Another Earp brother, Morgan, was also gunned down and Wyatt shot two of the suspects in his death, Indian Charlie and Curly Bill Brocius.
Now a wanted man, Wyatt and some supporters, including Doc Holliday, left for Colorado, where Governor Frederick Pitkin refused to extradite the men back to Arizona. After marrying in 1887, Earp headed farther west and got involved in a number of business ventures. Wyatt Earp died at the age of 80, in January of 1929.Learn more about US History