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First Murder


The first criminal trial of record in the county was held February 3, 1848. Judge Ryland called a special term of court and impaneled a jury on that date to try a negro, "Bill" for the murder of his master, Dr. John Hubble. The doctor was shot in his own home, through a window, after night, and it was believed by several of his neighbors that the negro had fired the shot. The evidence, however, was not sufficient to convict the accused, and he was released, making his exit forever from the community within a very few hours thereafter.
History and Directory of Cass County, Missouri. Published by The Cass County Leader, Harrisonville, MO, 1908


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