Court-Martial of Apache Kid, the Renegade of Renegades
Published by: Texas Tech University Press
Imprint: Texas Tech University Press
Sales Date: June 2009
- Published: June 2009
In 1887, when a young first sergeant of scouts at San Carlos Agency left his duty station to avenge his grandfather’s 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 Arizona’s 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 McKanna’s use of them in illuminating this legal odyssey is as compelling as Kid’s escape and legend.