CORONER'S INQUISITION, 1931-1936
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Whitmire, South Carolina in the County and State aforesaid, the 5th day of July A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty two before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of MATTIE SARTER of Newberry, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of W. E. Baker, W. J. Atchinson, J. C. Abrams Jr., J. A. Crosby, R. L. James and Oscar Garman being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said MATTIE SARTER came to her death, upon their oaths do say that the said MATTIE SARTER came to her death by being struck by train #61 on the Seaboard Trestle over Enoree River on the Newberry County side. (Engine #331) on July 4th 1932. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid MATTIE SARTER came to her death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   W. E. Baker, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   W. J. Atchinson (L.S.)                                                                                          /s/   J. C. Abrams Jr. (L.S.)

/s/   R. L. James (L.S.)                                     /s/   Oscar Garman (L.S.)                 /s/   J. A. Crosby (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of MATTIE SARTER, colored, Whitmire SC, July 5, 1932

Examination by C. G. BLEASE, Sheriff

G. S. SPROUSE being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    What is your name?

A.    G. S. Sprouse.

Q.    What position do you hold on the railroad?

A.    Engineer

Q.    Go ahead in your own way and tell just how this accident happened.

A.    Well, just as we came around the bend I saw these people. Some on the north end of the bridge and some about the middle of the river. I started stopping all I could to keep from hitting them. I hit the woman and knocked her off of the track.

Q.    How many people were there?

A.    I could not tell exactly. Fiver or six.

Q.    How far from tem were you when you first saw them?

A.    Not very far. It was about three car lengths from the bridge.

Q.    Which way were they going?

A.    They were meeting me.

Q.    Which way was your train going?

A.    Going south.

Q.    Freight train?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Operated by the Seaboard Air Line Railway?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Accident happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see them yourself first? Or did someone else see them first?

A.    I saw them myself first.

Q.    Anybody in the engine with you?

A.    The fireman.

Q.    Did any other of the train crew see them?

A.    They were all in the cab.

Q.    In the rear of the train?

A.    Yes sir.

Questions by V. H. HOOD:

Q.    How fast were you running?

A.    About thirty miles an hour.

CANE ELMORE being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    You were the fireman on the engine that had this accident?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Just tell these gentlemen what you saw, what happened and all that you know about it?

A.    When we got around the curve the engineer put on his brakes and I looked to see what had happened. I looked on the trestle and saw six people, four women and two men on the trestle. We knocked one of them off. That is all I know.

Q.    Did you run over the woman?

A.    Yes sir, I reckon we did.

Q.    What became of the others?

A.    They got out on the side of the track.

Q.    Did you hit any of the others?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How fast were you running?

A.    About 30 miles an hour.

Questions by V. H. HOOD:

Q.    Was this a freight train?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Is there a road crossing near the trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Have you ever seen anybody walking this trestle before?

A.    No sir. I have been with the railroad only about three or four months but I have never seen anybody walking it before.

ROSE ELLEN QUILLER being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Did you see the train when it hit this woman?

A.    No sir. I was the first one to fall. Me and her were walking along holding hands.

Q.    Where were you going?

A.    We were going across the river to a barbecue.

Q.    You were walking across the river on the trestle?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You were walking along between the rails?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Just go ahead and tell how it happened.

A.    We were walking along together. We had got past the last barrel and then the train came around the bend. We did not have time to get off at yonder and so we turned around and started back to the barrel. I fell and caught with my arms. That is all I know.

Q.    What became of the other people who were on the trestle?

A.    They got back to the water barrel.

Q.    How far were you on the trestle?

A.    To the last barrel on the other side.

Q.    You had already passed the last water barrel on yonder side.

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You could not get to the other end of the trestle.

A.    No sir.

Q.    How many of them were there with you?

A.    There were six of us

Q.    Are you accustomed to walking that trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Have you ever seen anybody walking it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Does the general public walk the trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Is it a custom for people to walk it?

A.    No sir. I have never seen anybody walk it before.

JURY:

Q.    You were going across the river?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    On which side of the river did the train hit the woman?

A.    We were on the other side of the water when we saw the train. We turned around and started back the other way. Then I fell and that is all I know.

Q.    How close was the train when you first saw it?

A.    We could not go either way it was so close on us.

Q.    Which way did you go?

A.    I did not go either way Ė I fell.

MR. V. H. WOOD:

Q.    What is your relationship to the dead woman?

A.    Sister in law.

Q.    How old are you?

A.    Eighteen.

Q.    You say you are the dead womanís sister?

A.    No sir. Sister in law. I married her brother.

Q.    You are eighteen years old?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Which way was the train going? Were you meeting it or did it come up behind you?

A.    We were meeting it.

Q.    How far was it from you when you first saw it?

A.    I donít know exactly.

Q.    It was so close that you could not get either way?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you hear the train before you saw it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How fast was it running?

A.    I donít know.

STEWART RICE being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    You were walking along with this woman when she got killed?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How close were you from her?

A.    About as far as from here over to that wall. (Points to a wall)

Q.    Did you see her when the train hit her?

A.    No sir. I looked down the river.

Q.    All the rest of you were behind her?

A.    Yes sir. All except the girl that just testified.

Q.    What did you do when you saw the train?

A.    I ran back to the barrel.

Q.    Did you get off the track before the train hit her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    The train was so close that she could not get out of the way?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How far from the trestle was it when you saw it?

A.    About as far as from here back there to the wall.

Q.    You did not hear it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    The wind was blowing?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Is it usual for you to walk that trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Ever see anybody walk it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How fast was the train running?

A.    I donít know.

V. H. WOOD:

Q.    Are you related to the woman that was killed?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How old are you?

A.    Twenty

Q.    How close was the train on you when you saw it?

A.    It was pretty close.

Q.    Was the woman ahead of you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You ran back to the water barrel?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When you saw this woman she was running down the middle of the track?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did the train hit her before she fell?

A.    No sir. She fell before the train ran over her.

LOUVINIA GLENN being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Were you with this crowd when the accident happened?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How close was the train on you when you saw it?

A.    Right on us.

Q.    What did you do when you saw the train?

A.    I got back to the barrel.

Q.    Did you see the woman when she got hit?

A.    No sir.

Q.    She was running back this way?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did she fall before the train hither?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When you first saw the train was it about as far as from here back there to the wall?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you ever walk the trestle before?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Is it customary for people to walk that trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How fast was the train running?

A.    I donít know.

Mr. V. H. HOOD:

Q.    Any relation to the dead woman?

A.    She was my cousin.

Q.    How old are you?

A.    Fourteen.

Q.    What happened to you when you saw the train?

A.    I ran to the barrel.

Q.    Were you north or south of the river?

A.    I had already passed over the river.

Q.    You ran back to the water barrel?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How far was the train from you when you saw it?

A.    About thirteen steps.

Q.    Did the dead woman fall before the train hit her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You did not hear the train before you saw it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How close was the train to the north end of the trestle?

A.    It was pretty close to the trestle.

Q.    Are you accustomed to walking that trestle?

A.    No sir.

Q.    The wind was blowing hard?

A.    Yes sir.

MARY GLENN being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    How old was the woman that got killed?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Was she young or old?

A.    No sir. She was not old.

Q.    Somewhere between twenty five and thirty?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Was she a fat woman?

A.    Yes sir. She was real fat.

Q.    All the rest of you got out of the way?

A.    Yes sir. We got back to the barrel.

Q.    Did you see her when the train hit her?

A.    Yes sir. I saw it when it ran over her legs.

Q.    Did she fall before the train hit her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How far was it from this side of the trestle?

A.    She fell just about in the middle of the trestle.

Q.    How far was the train from her?

A.    Not so far.

Q.    When you saw the train where was it?

A.    It was coming on the other side of the trestle.

Q.    How far were you from the train when you saw it?

A.    I donít know. I turned and ran.

Q.    The wind was blowing?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Are you related to the woman?

A.    She was my cousin.

Q.    How old are you?

A.    Seventeen.

Q.    You were going on the other side of the river to a barbeque?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    About where was the woman when she got killed?

A.    She was right near over the water.

Q.    Did it knock her right off the track?

A.    No sir. It dragged her a piece and then threw her off.

JAMES BURTON being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Were you behind or in front of this woman?

A.    Behind her.

Q.    How far was the train from you when you saw it?

A.    It was pretty close.

Q.    When you saw it what did you do?

A.    I hollered to the rest of them that there was the train and then I grabbed the girl over there and carried her back to the barrel.

Q.    How far from the end of the trestle was the barrel?

A.    It was over the water.

Q.    Did you hear the train blow?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How old are you?

A.    Eighteen.

Q.    Related to the dead woman?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Have you any idea how old the woman was?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Between 25 and 30 years old?

A.    Yes sir.

Doctorís Certificate:

7/4/1932

Mattie Q. Sarter, Whitmire SC

Found body beneath the 2nd pier of the trestle, Newberry side of Enoree River, having been dead about 25 minutes. Body badly mangled; left leg torn off at hip; skull crushed. Death instantly; presumed.                           H. B. Thomas MD


THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 4th day of October A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty two before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of WILL DAVIS of Newberry, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of W. A. Davenport, L. T. Adams, O. W. Long, J. H. Long, Raymond Tolbert, W. W. Cromer being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said WILL DAVIS came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said WILL DAVIS came to his death from a pistol shot wound in the hands of Colie Boozer on October 2nd 1932 and died October 3rd 1932. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid WILL DAVIS came to his death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   W. W. Cromer, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   W. A. Davenport (L.S.)                                                                                        /s/   L. T. Adams (L.S.)

/s/   Raymond Tolbert (L.S.)                          /s/   J. H. Long (L.S.)                        /s/   O. W. Long (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of WILL DAVIS, colored, Newberry SC, October 4th, 1932

Examination by MR. C. G. BLEASE

DAISY RUTHERFORD, being duly sworn says:

Q.    What is your name?

A.    Daisy Rutherford

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    On Mr. Claryís place.

Q.    You mean on Mr. John Claryís Place?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you at home on Sunday October 2nd?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Go on in your own way and tell about this shooting?

A.    We were there at the house and Will Davis came there and says that he wants to see me and talk to me. I went on through the house and he came on behind me. After a while Will and I went down in the field a little piece and it wasnít long before Colie Boozer came up. We talked down there in the field a little and then Colie started to the house and I told him that I wanted to talk with him. He told me that he would not talk to me down there in the field but to come on back to the house and he would talk to me there. We went on to the house and I went in the house and sat down on the trunk. Colie went around the house and then came in and sat down on a chair on the floor. Will sat down on the porch. I said to him, ďI thought you were not going over there.Ē He had told me that he was not going over to Lizzie Mae Dewaltís the night before and he had gone. As he got up to go and got out on the porch Will called him a black___. Will was sitting on the porch when Colie went out. When he called him that Colie shot and I ran out of the house to the back side.

Q.    Will Davis cursed Colie Boozer for a black----?

A.    Yes sir. When he cursed Ė Colie shot.

Q.    Did Will Davis have anything in his hands?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Did you see anything in his hands?

A.    I didnít see anything.

Q.    How close was Colie to Will when he shot him?

A.    He was pretty close Ė as far as from here back there to that chair (Pointing to a chair about 4 or 5 feet away)

Q.    If you were in the room how did you see him shoot him?

A.    The way I was sitting on the trunk I could see out on the porch where Will was sitting.

Q.    You say when Will cursed Ė Colie shot him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did Colie have anything in his hands?

A.    I didnít see anything. I just heard the first shot and then I ran. A little later I heard the second shot.

Q.,   Is it usual for them to curse around there on Sunday?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you live there by yourself?

A.    No sir. My sister and her husband live there.

Q.    Colie went into the house and you followed him in?

A.    I went in the house and then Colie came on in.

Q.    Did Will go in the house?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He stayed out on the porch?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How many times did he shoot?

A.    I heard two.

Q.    Did you see both of them?

A.    No sir. After he shot the first time I ran. I did not see the second shot.

Q.    They were on the porch when he shot him?

A.    Yes sir. After he shot I saw them scuffling together.

Q.    Did you see anything in Willís hand?

A.    I didnít see anything.

Q.    Did you see a knife in his hands?

A.    No sir.

Q.    He just cursed Colie and that was all?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Then you say they scuffled on the porch after he had shot?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    This Negro Will Davis had been going with you Ė hadnít he?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How long had you been going with Will?

A.    Ever since back in August.

Q.    How old is Colie?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    As old as you are?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Is he black?

A.    Kind of dark.

Q.    Donít you have any idea how old he is?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Is he as old as you are?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    You donít have any idea how old either one of them are?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Well, how old are you?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    When were you born?

A.    I donít know that either.

Q.    They were about as old as you - were they not? Or they looked to be as old as you Ė didnít they?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you have any children?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Is your husband dead?

A.    No sir. He lives up near Bush River Church.

Q.    How long have you all been separated?

A.    Since about two weeks before Christmas.

Q.    This happened Sunday afternoon?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    In this County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    On Mr. John B. Claryís Place?

A.    Yes sir.

ANNIE FRANKLIN being duly sworn says:

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    On Mr. John Claryís place

Q.    In the same house with this other woman who just testified?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see the shooting?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Well, what do you know about it?

A.    I donít know anything except that I heard the shots fired.

Q.    Where were you?

A.    I was in the stove room.

Q.    Did you hear them fussing?

A.    When they go to the house Daisy and Colie were in the house talking. Before the shot was made I went around in the house and told them they ought to be ashamed of themselves fussing on Sunday. I went back in the stove room and then I heard the shot and then I saw them scuffling out back there. They were down on the ground scuffling. Colie was on top of Will and I saw the knife in Colieís hand. I hollered and told them not to let Colie him cut him. I donít know whether the cut was made or not. All I know was the shot was made. That is all I know about it.

Q.    Did you see whether he cut him before or after he shot him?

A.    I donít know whether he cut him before or after he shot him.

Q.    This Colie Boozer is the son of Rube Boozer Ė isnít he?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where was Rube Boozer?

A.    He was at the house I reckon.

Q.    Isnít Rube Boozer the man who killed two Negroes?

A.    I donít know but that is what I heard.

Q.    You say you saw the knife in his hand?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where was the pistol?

A.    I donít know. I just heard the shot. I didnít see the pistol in his hand.

Q.    You did not see the pistol in Colieís hand?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Which hand did Colie have the knife in?

A.    He had the knife in the right hand and his left hand was on his head. I did not see the pistol but I heard the shot when it was made.

Q.    What kind of knife was it?

A.    It was a pocket knife. It had a long blade in it.

Q.    Is that the knife?

A.    Yes sir. That is it.

BOB SADDLER being duly sworn says:

Q.    Do you know anything about this shooting?

A.    Yes sir. I know a little something.

Q.    Just tell from the first to the end what you know about it?

A.    When it first started I was at the wood pile. They were down in the field when it first started, but they were fussing.

Q.    How far was it from the house when it first started?

A.    I donít know exactly how far it was. It wasnít so far.

Q.    About 100 yards?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were they all three down there in the field?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who came to the house first?

A.    They all came to the house and Daisy and Colie went inside the house and Will sat down on the porch. When Colie came to the door Will cursed him and so Colie shot him. That is all I know.

Q.    Where was the pistol?

A.    I donít know. He must have had it in his pocket.

Q.    Did you see the knife?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did he have the knife in his hand?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see him when he cut him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did he cut him before or after he shot him?

A.    He cut him after he shot him. They scuffled through the house and got out on the ground. Will was under the bottom and was hollering for us not to let him cut him that he had already shot him. Colie was on top of him holding him down.

Q.    Where did he cut him?

A.    On the leg.

Q.    You say Will was on the ground with his face up?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Colie got down on him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Is that the knife?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Is that all you know?

A.    Yes sir.

TOP GARY being duly sworn says:

Q.    Where were you at when this thing happened?

A.    I was out there in the yard when it first started.

Q.    Go ahead and tell what you saw and heard.

A.    I heard them down across the field arguing and he Ė Colie Ė came on back to the house and Daisy came on after he told her to come there that he wanted to talk to her. He and she went in the house. I was not paying any attention and then I heard the pistol fired. I saw them scuffling and then they got out on the ground and Colie was on top of Will. Will was hollering for us not to let him kill him. I got there and grabbed him off of him. I did not see him cut him.

Q.    Did you see the pistol?

A.    Yes sir. It dropped in the yard.

Q.    Did you hear him snap on the pistol after he had shot?

A.    No sir.

Q.    When they fell out on the porch the pistol dropped on the ground?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How did your hand get cut?

A.    I got cut when I went to take Colie off of him. I got cut someway. I donít know how.

Q.    Is that all you know?

A.    Yes sir.

Doctorís Certificate

This is to certify that I examined Will Davis and found gun shot wounds of the chest sufficient to cause death.

Oct. 4, 1932                                                                                                                                                T. H. Pope MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Little Mountain on Mr. Will Seybtís Place in the County and State aforesaid, the 11th day of October A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty two before I. H. Wilson, Coroner, upon view of the body of ROBERTA MAYER of Newberry, SC then and there being dead by the oaths of B. M. Wise, N. E. Riser, J. B. Riser, Alonzo Shealy, C. E. Shealy, Olin Counts being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said ROBERTA MAYER came to her death, upon their oaths do say that the said ROBERTA MAYER came to her death from a pistol shot wound in the hands of James Summer (Nap Summer), said shooting occurred the morning of the 9th of October 1932; died on the evening of the 10th of October 1932. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid ROBERTA MAYER came to her death by means and manner aforesaid.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson, Coroner, aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   B. M. Wise, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   C. E. Shealy (L.S.)                                                                                                /s/   Olin Counts (L.S.)

/s/   N. E. Riser (L.S.)                                      /s/  Alonzo Shealy (L.S.)                 /s/   J. B. Riser (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of ROBERTA MAYER, colored, Little Mountain SC, October 11th, 1932

OREN NELUMS being duly sworn says:

Questions by MR. HERBERT QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Now just go ahead and tell what happened.

A.    We had come back from Slighís last night Ė

Q.    Who are you talking about? What are their names?

A.    Me and George Summer and Nap Summer had been to Slighís to a supper. I was in the car with Nap (James) Summer and he asked me to spend the night with him. I told him that I did not want to but he says to me to come on and go over to Miss Ednaís house. I went on to the house with him and he told me to go in the house and tell Roberta Mayer to come out there, that he wanted to see her. I went in there and told her and she said it was too cold to go out there. I went back and told him and he sent me back in there to tell her to come out there. She would not go and I went back and told Nap and so he got out and went in the house. Roberta told me to tell him if he wanted to see her he would have to come in the house. We went in the house and Nap told me to go and get some wood and build them a fire. I looked for the axe and couldnít find it so I picked up some trash and built a fire. That soon burned up and nap told me to go and get some more trash. I went out to get some more trash and I heard them talking but I couldnít tell what they were talking about. I got the trash and went back in the house and they started passing licks and he shot her. Nap struck her first and she hit him back and then he shot her.

Q.    Nap (James) Summer shot her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see him when he shot her?

A.    No sir. I did not see him because I was down putting the wood on the fire.

Q.    Was Nap drinking?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did you do then?

A.    I didnít do nothing. I was too scared to do anything. I just walked around there in the house. I was so scared I could have died.

Q.    Did the girl say anything to you?

A.    No sir. She didnít say anything to me.

Q.    Well Ė how long did you stay there?

A.    A pretty good while.

Q.    When did the shooting take place?

A.    It was pretty late. After midnight.

Q.    That was on Sunday morning, Oct. 9th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    And you had been to the supper at Slighís on Saturday night, Oct. 8th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did Nap do after he shot her?

A.    He stayed around there. He went out in the yard and then back in the house. Miss Edna Miller asked him to carry her to the doctor or do something.

Q.    Did he carry her to the doctorís? And did you go with him?

A.    Yes sir. He carried her to the doctorís and I went with him. When we got up there to Dr. Seaseís, Nap started to leave and then Mr. Wheeler got him and carried him on to jail.

Q.    Did you see Napís pistol and where did you first see it?

A.    Yes sir, I saw it. The first time was over at Slighís.

Q.    Where did he have it?

A.    In his hip pocket.

Q.    Did he bring it all the way over from Slighís in his hip pocket?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did he do with the pistol after he shot her?

A.    He threw it away. I gave it to Mr. Wheeler this morning.

Q.    Did you hide it?

A.    No sir. Nap hid it. He hid it at Irvin Simpsonís house in the weeds.

Q.    Well, when did you get the pistol?

A.    I got it yesterday evening.

Q.    Is it the same pistol he shot her with?

A.    Yes sir. It is the same one.

Q.    Did you hear Nap Summer say anything about the girl before you got back home?

A.    No sir. I didnít hear him say anything about her.

Q.    Does Nap stay here at this house?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Where does Nap live?

A.    He lives on Mr. Dock Ė I call him Shortyí Ė Summerís place.

Q.    Do you know anything else about it?

A.    No sir, that is all I know.

MR. WILSON:

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    I reckon. I donít know.

Q.    You know it happened on the road between Little Mountain and Pomaria, donít you?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. WHEELER:

Q.    Did you hear the girl tell him not to point the pistol at her?

A.    I did not hear him. She might have but I didnít hear her.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Do you know what they started fussing about?

A.    No sir. When they started I was on the outside getting the wood.

Q.    You say Nap struck the first lick?

A.    Yes sir. He hit her first.

Q.    And he shot her on Sunday morning before day, October 9th?

A.    Yes sir, it was after midnight.

BERNICE BOYD being duly sworn says:

Q.,   Were you here on Saturday night at this house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Whose house is it?

A.    Edna Millerís.

Q.    Go ahead and tell what you know about this shooting?

A.    I donít know anything. I was in the bed. I did not hear anything. I didnít even hear the licks passed. When the pistol was fired I got up and went up to the fire place. She was back there on a bed tick on the floor.

Q.    Did you hear her say anything?

A.    She said Nap Summer had shot her.

Q.    Did she tell you why Nap had shot her?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you see Nap?

A.    Yes sir. He was there in the house.

Q.    Did you see the pistol?

A.    No sir. I didnít see it but he said he had done it.

Q.    Was anyone else in the room?

A.    Mary Lee Mayer and Bo (Oren) Nelums were in the room.

Q.    Well, what happened then?

A.    Didnít anything happen. After awhile we carried her to the doctorís. Nap Summer, Bo and myself carried her to the doctor.

Q.    He did not say what he had shot her for?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did she say why he had shot her?

A.    No sir.

Q.    But you did hear him say that he had shot her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    And you did not see the pistol after you got up?

A.    No sir. I didnít see it at all.

Q.    Before you all went to the doctorís did Nap Summer go outside of the house? And if so for how long?

A.    Yes sir. He went out of the house but he was not gone long.

Q.    After you got to the doctorís what did Nap do?

A.    He was around there. I was so hurt over it I was not paying any attention.

MR. WHEELER:

Q.    Who brought her back home?

A.    My Uncle and Bo (Oren) Nelums brought her back in Nap Summerís car.

Q.    Did you hear the pistol fired?

A.    Yes sir. It shot once.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Is that all you know about it?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    I donít know. I donít know very much about counties.

Q.    How long have you lived here?

A.    All my life.

Q.    You know it happened in Edna Millerís house between Little Mountain and Pomaria, donít you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What time of night was it?

A.    I donít know exactly. I know it was late. I know it was after midnight.

Q.    After 12:00 oíclock?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know whether nap and this little girl had been in any trouble before?

A.    No. I just donít know.

Q.    Did Nap go after this little girl?

A.    I declare if I know.

Q.    About how old was this girl?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Was she about 25?

A.    Yes sir.

MARY LEE MAYER being duly sworn says:

Q.    Go ahead and tell what you know about this.

A.    I donít know anything because I was in bed asleep.

Q.    You were at this house on Saturday night when this shooting took place?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Well, tell what you know from the time you woke up.

A.    All I know when I woke Ė Ma was hollering and I asked her what was the matter. She said that Nap Summer had shot Roberta. Nap was there in the house too.

Q.    Did you hear him say anything?

A.    I heard him say something about he had not meant to shoot her.

Q.    Did you see the pistol?

A.    It was in his jacket pocket.

Q.    What did the girl say?

A.    I did not hear anything. Nap said he had shot her when we were taking her to the doctorís. Bernice (Boyd), Bo (Oren Nelums), Nap Summer and myself carried her to the doctor.

Q.    You heard Nap say he had shot her?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you hear the shot?

A.    No sir. I didnít hear it. After Bernice (Boyd) woke up she woke me up and then I got up.

MR. WHEELER:

Q.    Did you hear your sister make a statement to me Sunday morning in there? What did she say?

A.    She said that Nap Summer had shot her. She said that Nap got mad about something over at Slighís and that he shot her.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Nap had been going to see this girl, hadnít he?

A.    Sometimes.

Q.    How often did he come over here?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    He would come over here pretty often wouldnít he?

A.    I donít know. I know he comes over here.

Q.    Do you know what county you live in?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You know this shooting happened in Edna Millerís house between Little Mountain and Pomaria?

A.    Yes sir.

EDNA MILLER being duly sworn says:

Q.    Edna, you are the mother of Roberta Mayer are you not? And she lived with you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you at home on Saturday night October 8th?

A.    Yes sir. I have been in the bed for two weeks. She had been to Slighís and I heard her come in, but I donít know what time it was. After awhile Nap Summer drove up in the car and sent Bo (Oren) Nelums in the house to tell her to come out. I heard her tell him that it was too cold to come out there and if he wanted to see her he could come in the house. He came in the house and I heard him ask her how she had come back from Slighís and she said she came back like she went. That is about all I know about it. Then I heard the pistol fire and she called me and said Nap shot her.

Q.    Did you see the pistol?

A.    Yes sir. Nap had it in his hand. I begged him to stay and help me with her. He started to go. He told me that he would take her to the doctor.

Q.    Did you see them when they started fighting?

A.    No sir, and I did not hear it.

Q.    Has Nap been going with the girl?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Often?

A.    Yes sir. He had been going with her often.

Q.    Had they had any trouble before and when was the last time they had any trouble?

A.    Yes sir. They had had trouble before, but I donít know when the last time was.

Q.    Did Nap tell you he had shot her? And what for?

A.    Yes sir. He said he had shot her but he didnít say what for. He said he hated he had done it.

Q.    Did he appear to be under the influence of whiskey?

A.    Yes sir. But he was not drunk.

Q.    Could you tell it by his actions that he had had whiskey?

A.    No sir, but I smelled it.

Q.    If he had been under the influence of whiskey you would have known it?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did the girl tell you who had shot her?

A.    Yes sir. She said that Nap had shot her, but she didnít say why.

Q.    This happened in your house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You live in Newberry County?

A.    I donít know. I live on Mr. Will Seybtís Place.

MR. WILSON:

Q.    You know it is on the road from Little Mountain to Pomaria, about half way?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Do you know who brought the girl back from Slighís?

A.    Yes sir. Irvin Simpson brought her back.

Q.    Did she say anything to you when she got back?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know whether Roberta kept a pistol, knife, gun or anything?

A.    No sir. I know she didnít have a pistol or gun.

OREN NELUMS recalled:

Q.    Do you know anything about any fusses that this girl and Nap Summer have had before Saturday night?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Never heard of them having any trouble before?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you see a stick, knife, gun or anything in Robertaís hand before the time of the trouble?

A.    No sir, I did not see a thing.

Q.    The only weapon was the pistol that Nap had?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    If there had been anything in her hand you would have seen it, wouldnít you?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. E. A. WHEELER being duly sworn says:

Q.    Mr. Wheeler, you are the Magistrate down here at Little Mountain?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Tell what you know about this shooting.

A.    Sunday morning about 2:00 oíclock Dr. Sease called me up and said Roberta Mayer and Nap Summer were at his office and that the woman was shot. I called Mr. E. L. Shealy and told him to come to the store. I beat him there. Nap Summer was cranking up when I got there. I carried him in the store and he told me he was playing with the pistol and it went off. He said that he threw the pistol away. That is about all I got out of Nap. At 5 oíclock Mr. Shealy and I went back over there. I asked Roberta who shot her and she said that Nap Summer shot her. I asked her why and she said they were fighting and he pulled out his pistol. Said he hit her first and that she then hit him back. James Nelums turned the pistol over to me this morning. I know when I arrested nap he was drunk. After I arrested him I carried him on to jail.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What kind of pistol was it?

A.    The pistol is a 32-20

Q.    Did you examine it?

A.    Yes sir. One empty cartridge and four loaded. That is all I know about it.

DR. J. C. SEASE being duly sworn says:

Q.    Doctor, you are a physician here at Little Mountain?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Go ahead and tell how you found this girl wounded.

A.    Sunday morning about 2:00 oíclock Nap Summer called me and said that he had Roberta Mayer and that she was shot. I told him to take her to the office and I would come. I examined her and found a bullet wound in her abdomen. I fixed her up and advised them to have an operation. They came to my house Sunday morning at 2:00 oíclock October 9th. This happened in Newberry County and she died in Newberry County on last night October 10th at 9:50 oíclock. I was here when she died.

Doctorís Certificate

Little Mountain, SC          October 11, 1932

To whom it may concern:

This is to certify that I have examined the dead body of Roberta Mayer, colored Negress, and find a pistol shot wound of the abdomen. The wound of entrance is on a level with and about three inches to the right of the umbilicus. The wound of exit on the left in mid axillary line just above the crest of the ileum. This wound is sufficient to cause death.

                                                                                                                                                                     J. C. Sease, MD

 

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