Killing of Eva Mae Phelts in Florida in 1947


Case summary

Eva Mae Phelts (1919-1947) was killed by prison guard Shelly Rosier in Raiford State Prison Farm, Union County Florida. Phelts was serving a one-year prison term. A description in a Department of Justice file states that, as Phelts was working, Rosier knocked her to the ground and kicked her several times. Attempting to defend herself, Phelts called him a “Hitler son of a bitch.” Rosier then fatally shot her.


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

Date of incident: 1947-08-07
Location: Raiford, Union County, Florida
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: attempting to escape; talking back to a guard

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

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

Miami 44-104

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