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William Wallace said his ancestor never promised a pardon, so pardoning the Kid “would declare Lew Wallace to have been a dishonorable liar.”

The Kid wrote Wallace in 1879, volunteering to testify in the murder case if Wallace would annul pending charges against him, including the Brady indictment.

Ms. McGinn said Wallace responded he had the authority “to exempt you from prosecution if you will testify to what you say you know.”

The Kid kept his end of the bargain, but Wallace did not, she argued.

J.P. Garrett said there’s no written proof Wallace offered a pardon.

And, he noted, when the Kid was awaiting trial in Brady’s killing, “he wrote four letters for aid, but never used the word pardon.”