DNA could solve mystery of Billy the Kid

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HAMILTON, Tex. -- At least two men, including one buried in this Central Texas town, claimed during their lives to be the real William H. Bonney, aka Billy the Kid.

Instead of being shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M., on July 14, 1881, as mainstream historians say, these would-be Kids claimed to have escaped to live to old age in Texas, Arizona, or other parts of the Wild West.

A former New Mexico lawman investigating this colorful piece of history wants the Hamilton City Council at a meeting this evening to give him permission to dig up the body of Ollie "Brushy Bill" Roberts, perhaps the most celebrated Billy the Kid claimant of all.

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