Killing of Joe Dean in Florida in 1931


Case summary

Joe Dean (1895 – 1931), a laborer, was killed by G. C. Martin and his son Otis B. Martin in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Martins kidnapped, beat, and then shot Dean because they suspected him of giving information to federal prohibition agents resulting in the destruction of a whiskey still said to have belonged to the Martins. Dean died at a hospital. Grand jury indicted. The Martins pleaded guilty to first degree murder. G. C. Martin was sentenced to five years and Otis B. Martin to one year in prison.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: [ ]

Date of incident: 1931-05-09
Location: Cutler, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: informing authorities about an illegal still

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: no

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: [ ]

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