April 6, 2012

Mob Kills Defendants While Court In Session, 1912


Mob In Court Shoots Three Negroes Dead 

Prisoners on Trial for Murder Riddled with Bullets as Testimony Is Given 
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 19.--Three negroes were shot dead in the County Court-Room here this afternoon.  They were charged with the murder of a railroad detective several days ago, near Bellbuckle, Tenn. 
As evidence in the preliminary trial accumulated against the three blacks, the anger of spectators in the courtroom flamed out.  Simultaneously the negroes fell dead as a hail of bullets rained in on them from all parts of the court-room. 
S.V. Everson, a special officer of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railroad, was the man murdered by the negroes.

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