November 29, 1906
UNKNOWN ASSASSIN'S DEED
Scott County Man Killed and Robbed at His Own Fireside.
Wife Struggled with Murderer in Vain. Three Shots Fired Into Helpless Victim.
Special to The Washington Post.
Gate City, Va., Nov. 26. - At Grassy Creek, an isolated section of Scott County, near the Russell County line, Saturday night, A. J. Porter, a wealthy man, aged sixty-five years, was shot dead and robbed at his own fireside by an unknown assassin.
When Mrs. Porter opened the door in response to a knock, a man rushed past her toward her husband. Shouting, "Your time is up." he shot Porter in the breast.
Mrs. Porter seized the assassin, but he broke away from her frenzied grasp, and shot Porter twice in the back. Any of the shots would have been fatal.
The murderer then snatched a pocketbook from the dying man's breast pocket and disappeared. Porter usually carried upon his person a large amount of money, but it is not known how much he had at the time.