Killing of Robert Johnson in Florida in 1934


Case summary

Robert Johnson was lynched in 1934 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. Johnson was in the custody of deputy constable T.M. Graves on a charge of petty larceny or attempted rape or both and was being transported from the city jail to the county jail when lynchers shot him to death.


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

Date of incident: 1934-01-30
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: attacking a white woman; stealing a chicken

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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