Dr. J. King Robinson is murdered in Salt Lake City. Witnesses see seven men leaving the scene of the crime, but claim the inability to identify them. Brigham Young publicly condemns the act, offers a $500 reward on 23 Oct. for the arrest of the murderers. After three Salt Lake City police officers (all Mormons) are charged with murder, Young withdraws the reward on 1 Feb. 1872 because he has "no desire to endanger the lives of innocent men."
[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]