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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1779, Sunday, May 2, 1830.

A person of the name of Robert Churley, residing in the parish of Uffculm, owed his brother Thomas a sum of money, for which the latter obtained, in the early part of the week, a writ of distress. His goods where accordingly seized, and he became dreadfully exasperated against his brother, whom he frequently threatened to shoot, and for which purpose he attempted to borrow the gun of the bailiff in possession, but which was of course refused. On Thursday he went to a neighbour of the name of Sweetland, who was unacquainted with his murderous purpose, and procured his gun, with which he proceeded to the residence of his brother. The latter was, fortunately for himself, absent at Tiverton; when Sweetland, hearing of his diabolical intention, followed him, and insisted on having his gun restored. Churley refused to give it up, and in the struggle which ensued between him and Sweetland, the latter was shot in the stomach so dreadfully that his entrails obtruded. Churley immediately cut his own throat in three places, of which he died, and we are sorry to state that Sweetland is not expected to survive.—Exeter Gazette.