Killing of Dorothy Godley in Texas in 1941


Case summary

Dorothy Godley (1928-1941), a schoolgirl, was murdered by C.V. Barnes in Rosharon, Brazoria County, Texas. Godley was in a motor vehicle with her mother Tea Godley and stepfather Major Muse traveling to visit family. The road they were on became obstructed, and as Muse tried turning the vehicle around, Barnes approached them with a rifle and fired, killing Dorothy. Grand jury indicted. Trial jury convicted. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Date of incident: 1941-11-09
Location: Rosharon, Brazoria County, Texas
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: trespassing; stealing pecans; attacking a white man

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Criminal process
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