Obeyed the Murderous Instructions of His Mother

Source Type: Newspaper
Place of publication: The Progressive Age
Date of publication: 1894

Sherman, Ala., Feb. 27.- Yesterday morning Deputy Sheriff John Cowlett attempted to levy upon a mortgaged cow held by Melinda Douglass, an old negress. The woman told her 13-year-old son Tom to shoot the officer if he attempted to take the cow. The officer placed a rope on the animal, and the boy shot him dead. A later report says the boy resisted arrest when another officer came for him. attempting to use the gun again, when the second officer shot him, injuring him fatally.