In 1887, when a young first sergeant of scouts at San Carlos Agency left his duty station to avenge his grandfatherÆs murder in a tribal manner, he began an inextricable journey through three legal systems: Apache, military, and civil. Though his trials would not end in justice, each played its part in transforming Apache Kid into ArizonaÆs legendary renegade of renegades.
Tried for desertion and mutiny under military law, Kid escaped death by firing squad when his sentence was remitted on appeal. Civil authorities then charged and convicted Kid for assault to murder and sentenced him to seven years in the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma. Though Kid spoke no more than seven hundred words at his court martial, Clare McKannaÆs use of them in illuminating this legal odyssey is as compelling as KidÆs escape and legend.