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Man Killed Over Chess Dispute

From the Boulder Daily Camera, 16th August, 1994:

FORT COLLINS – A 37-year-old man has been arrested for investigation of murder charges after he allegedly shot a friend on his birthday after the two argued over a chess game.

Martin Wirth was being held without bond at the Larimer County Detention Center in the shooting death of a Vernie Samuel Cox III, 24, of Fort Collins early Sunday.

Cox died of two gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. The victim and about five friends were celebrating his birthday at his trailer in the Johnson Trailer Park when he sat down for a game of chess with Wirth. Witnesses told police Wirth lost the game, knocked over the chess board with some other furniture and began arguing with the victim.

The two men went outside, and Wirth went across the street to his home and returned with a gun, Vagge said. Witnesses said the argument resumed and the victim was shot.

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