Killing of Harrison Johnson in Georgia in 1946


Case summary

Harrison Johnson (1904 - 1946), a truck driver, was killed by John Holt in Putnam County, Georgia. Alleging that Johnson made an unprovoked attack on him, his wife, his son and his son’s friend after they helped Johnson remove his car out of a ditch, Holt beat and then shot Johnson. It was widely speculated that Johnson was killed because had reportedly registered to vote in Georgia’s gubernatorial election. Holt was released from custody by Sheriff J. F. Paschal and no charges were preferred against him.


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Date of incident: 1946-07-28
Location: Putnam County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: attacking three white men and a white woman with a knife

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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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