Larry Brown was a suspected robber from Lawrence County.

Nothing is known about Brown's life before his brush with the law. During the 1890s,  Hoxie, an important depot for the Iron Mountain & Kansas City, Fort Smith & Memphis railroad, was plagued by a string of robberies. In 1895, Brown was indicted for  stealing $205 from a Mr. C.D. Rominger, originally from Marshal, Texas. During the proceedings that followed, Brown was said to be the leader of this "gang." Brown filed for a change of venue, which was granted, and the trial was moved to Independence County, with Judge Richard H. Powell presiding. The jury returned a verdict of guilty and Brown was sentenced to seven years in prison. He filed an appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court, in which he was represented by John K.Gibson, Yancey and Fulkerton, and Jos. M. Stayton.

In 1896, his conviction was reversed and a new trial was ordered.

Justice Simon Pollard Hughes, writing the court's opinion, stated that the lower court had erred introducing evidence and witness testimony that would render the jury prejudiced against Brown (which reflects Brown's own belief that he was the victim of a vast conspiracy). There was undue importance placed on Hoxie's declining reputation and the recent crime spree, which had no bearing on Brown's case. 


"Train Robber Sentenced." The Southern Standard. October 18, 1895. p.4. Larry Brown convicted, gang held at Powhatan, 10-18-1895.pdf

"Brown v. State." The Southwestern Reporter. Vol. 33-34. 1896. p.541-543