Killing of Leon McAtee in Mississippi in 1946


Case summary

Leon McAtee (1913-1946), a tenant farmer, was killed in Mississippi. His body was found in a bayou in Sunflower County. McAtee worked for farm-owner Dixie Roberts and was accused of stealing a saddle belonging to Jeff Dodd. Six men were charged with McAtee’s murder: Roberts, Dodd, Vernon Vale, Jeff Dodd, Jr., Spencer Ellis, and James Roberts.


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

Date of incident: 1946-07-22
Location: West, Holmes County, Mississippi
Location type: private space - agricultural or industrial
Allegation against victim: stealing a saddle

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

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

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