Killing of Henry Wright in Mississippi


Case summary

Henry Wright was killed by Levette Yates in or before 1934 in DeSoto County, Mississippi. Accounts of the incident varied. According to a newspaper clipping, Jail Deputy G. T. Thomas was attempting to arrest Wright on a charge of stealing when Wright attempted to escape. Thomas deputized Yates to continue the arrest. Yates shot Wright, alleging self-defense. An account by M. S. Stuart, President of the Memphis NAACP, stated that Yates accused Wright of stealing bricks, which Wright denied, and the two had an argument. Yates assembled a group of men and ran Wright down into a ditch where they shot him.


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Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: on or before 1934-02-02
Location: Hernando, De Soto County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: stealing bricks; resisting arrest

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