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Forum staff reports, Published February 09 2013

Timeline of events surrounding marshal murders

• Feb. 13, 1983: Two federal marshals are shot to death while attempting to serve Gordon Kahl, convicted of tax evasion, with a probation violation warrant as he leaves a Posse Comitatus meeting near Medina, N.D., about 30 miles west of Jamestown. Two other law enforcement agents are wounded, along with Kahl’s son, Yorie Kahl. Gordon Kahl escapes.

• March 11, 1983: A grand jury indicts Gordon Kahl, Yorie Kahl and Scott Faul on charges of murder for the deaths of U.S. Marshals Ken Muir and Deputy Marshal Bob Cheshire. Gordon’s wife Joan, Vernon Wegner and David Broer are indicted on lesser charges.

• May 12, 1983: The trial began with Gordon Kahl still on the run. Wegner pleaded guilty to interfering with law enforcement as part of a deal in which he testified at trial to help the government’s case.

• May 28, 1983: Yorie Kahl and Scott Faul are convicted on two charges of second-degree murder, plus assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiring to help Gordon Kahl escape. Broer is convicted on a charge of conspiring to harbor Gordon Kahl and acquitted of seven other charges. Joan Kahl is acquitted of two lesser charges. Both Faul and Yorie Kahl are still in federal prison, with their release projected for February 2023.

• June 3, 1983: Acting on a tip from the public, marshals converge on a farmhouse in Smithville, Ark., where Gordon Kahl is believed to be hiding. In a shootout and fire in the farmhouse in Lawrence County, Ark., Sheriff Gene Matthews is killed, along with Gordon Kahl. He is later identified by his dental records.