Negro Murders Young Man in Cold Blood

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Gadsden Times
Place of publication: Gadsden, Alabama
Date of publication: 7/25/1919 0:00
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Tuscaloosa, July 25.

C. O. Springer, the Tuscaloosa young man killed at Halsell, Sumter county by the negro John McCoy, was buried here. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Springer: From facts received here the killing was an unprovoked murder. McCoy had not shown up for work, and young Springer, whose business it was to look after the hands, went to his house to see what the trouble was, thinking probably the man was sick. McCoy announced that he had quit and did not intend to work any longer. Springer told him to come on to the office then and get his time, and he would have to vacate the company house he was occupying, as hands were badly needed and there was a shortage of houses. The negro said “all right, let me get my hat and I will go with you and get my time.’ Instead of getting his hat he pro- cured his pistol and shot Mr. Springer in the back as he strolled on ahead.