Killing of Lacy Mitchell in Georgia in 1930


Case summary

Lacy Mitchell, 53, a farmer, was killed in 1930 by Jack Bradley and O. E. Allen in Gwinnett County, Georgia. A group of masked men shot Mitchell at his home because he had testified against two white men charged with raping a young Black girl. Bradley declared that he had fired the shot that killed Mitchell, alleging self-defense. A trial jury returned convictions.


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Date of incident: 1930-09-27
Location: Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: testifying against two white men charged with raping his cousin, a Black woman

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: life sentences were given to two white men for the lynching; the two white rapists against whom Mitchell testified got one year in jail each

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