Killing of Bobby Lee Joyner in North Carolina in 1951


Case summary

Bobby Lee Joyner (1933-1951), a student, was killed by police chief J.A. Wheeler and police officer W.E. Williford in La Grange, Lenoir County, North Carolina. Police claimed that they were attempting to arrest Joyner for trying to break into the home of Margaret Norris, that Joyner attacked them with a knife, and they subsequently shot him. Grand jury declined to indict.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1951-01-09
Location: La Grange, Lenoir County, North Carolina
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: breaking and entering; attacking a police officer with a knife

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: no
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
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