Accused Negro Shot to Death

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Elizabethton Star
Place of publication: Elizabethton, TN
Date of publication: 9/25/1933 0:00
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Accused Negro Shot to Death. Tuscaloosa, Al the second lynching in Tuscaloosa county within the past six weeks was under investigation by the sheriffs department today. Sheriffs R.L Shamblin ordered the inquiry after the body of Dennis Cross negro under the bond on a charge of assaulting a white woman, was taken from his home by men posing as officers and shot to death. The sheriff said he was told the group of six or seven men appeared at the negros home and told Dennis Cross it was necessary for him to go to Tuscaloosa and post a bond larger than that required when he was released on bail a week ago. The visit of the group was reported to Shamblin by neighbors of Dennis and a search was started which resulted in the finding of the negros body near the Tuscaloosa country club yesterday at daybreak. Dennis had been struck three times by pistol bullets. Shamblin said the charge against Dennis was bailable offense as the victim of the alleged assault had not been attacked. The woman has identified the negro as her assailant. The slaying of Dennis followed by six weeks to the day the lynching of Dan Pippen. Jr, and A.T Harden, negroes under indictment on a charge of murdering the daughter of a Tuscaloosa county farmer. Pippen and Harden were killed and Elmore Clark another negro was wounded by a group of masked men who seized the prisoners from Tuscaloosa county officers hurrying them to Birmingham for safe keeping.