Killing of John Newton Robinson in Alabama in 1930


Case summary

John Newton Robinson, about 60, a farmer and minister, was killed in 1930 in Emelle, Alabama. He was shot to death by someone in a large mob of people who confronted him at his home in connection with the shooting death earlier in the day of a white neighbor, Grover Boyd, by a Robinson family member. After he was shot to death the mob burned down the home of John Newton Robinson. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1930-07-04
Location: Emelle, Sumter County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: refusing to allow a posse to search his home; shooting and killing two white men

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

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

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