The State vs. the Dead Body of Holman Smith

Date: 
May 28, 1855

Deceased

Sex: 
Male
Cause of Death: 
Homicide
Cause of Death Method: 
axe and stick
Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say [deceased] was wilfully, maliciously, & feloniously murdered at his own residence … by Phillis and John, slaves of the deceased, by beating him with an Axe and a stick … and that Charley, a slave of dec's'd, was accessory to the murder being present and making no effort to prevent the murder

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
magistrate acting as coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at the late residence of Holman Smith

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Phillis and Dave
Perpetrator Description: 
slave
Perpetrator Slave Status: 
Slave
Perpetrator Owner: 
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