Shot to Death

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Tuskaloosa Gazette
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa
Date of publication: Jul 16, 1891 12:00 am

SHOT TO DEATH. Last Monday night, Wash Bell, a negro man about 24 years of ago, was shot and killed by unknown parties at Trigg’s store in Dodson’s beat. At the time of the killing, Bell was in charge of officers of the law, having been arrested Monday evening by officer Cunningham on a charge of wife beating. The prisoner had been taken to, Trigg’s store where his trial was to have place next morning. Officers Cunningham and Joe Barnett took him into Trigg’s store for the night, and all had gone to bed, on pallets spread upon the floor. About 12 t o’clock at night the door was forced 1 open and several armed men rushed in 1 and shot the negro to death and disappeared before they could be recognized. The negro Bell, it seems had seduced a while girl in the community, and it is supposed that for said outrage indignant citizens removed him in short order.