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Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: A Homicide in Jackson County - J. S. Hembree

Date: July 9 1885

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 3

A Homicide in Jackson County
The following is forwarded to the INDEPENDENT, in an authentic way, as a correct account of a homicide in Jackson County, by Mr. J. S. Hembree, brother-in-law of Prof. H. D. Wood, of Gurleysville. It will appear in the Scottsboro Herald:
“Mr. Hembree was a constable, and had a warrant of arrest for a man who was skulking ‘round his neighborhood at night and consorting with negroes. Hembree was out in search of him after night, near a negro gathering, when three negroes came along the railroad, talking loud and boasting what they would do if any one of them was molested. Hembree stepped to one side to hear the conversation, suspecting that the man he was looking for was of the party, and as the negroes passed him they discovered him, and one of the negroes confronted him and demanded to know who he was. Hembree asked who he was, whereupon the man threw his hand behind him and drew a pistol and presented it at Hembree. Hembree’s brother was with him, assisting him in the search, and he said to his brother: “Look out, he is going to shoot,” and thereupon J. S. Hembree fired and killed him. The pistol the negro had fell by him. Before the negro died, he talked of the matter and said he was only trying to frighten Hembree. Hembree did not know him until after the shooting, when he recognized him as a negro in the neighborhood, against whom he had no ill feeling and had never had. Neither had he negro any ill feeling against Hembree. It was an unfortunate affair, without criminal intent on the part of either.”

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