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I am told that the Drake "boys" were a rough and tough group and no one really wanted to mess with them. You will notice how the article points out that "Mr. Drake is prominently connected at Adrian..." and his relatives "...many of whom are prominent Emanuel county citizens." Therefore, the story goes that is why Mrs. Aikin was also placed into jail that night... the Sheriff feared for the couple's safety... probably from retaliation from Robert's friends who were with him that night and might wish to avenge his death or community outrage or both.
A couple of weeks later, this article appeared in the Forest-Blade on Thursday, July 7, 1927.
I find it interesting that almost as much is said about Mr. Aikin's "rising young attorney" as about Mr. Aikin himself.
I was unable to locate any further articles about the trial or Mr. Aikin. Again, family story holds that there never was a trial; that Mr. Aikin served some amount of time and was quietly gotten out of town at the end of his term.
In the same edition of the Forest-Blade was this from the family:
As I mentioned in an earlier post, just two months after this incident, their father, William John Drake, was accidentally shot and killed by another son.
As I will share as time goes on, this is not the first tragedy in the Drake family, nor is it the last for my grandmother. Her father, my great-grandfather, was a preacher, and I am sure this family had to pull on every ounce of faith and strength they had to get through these unimaginably difficult times.