Killing of Earnest Mayes in Mississippi in 1932


Case summary

Earnest Mayes, a taxi driver, was killed in 1932 by Arthur Wilkes in Charleston, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. There was speculation that Mayes and Wilkes were in dispute over a taxi matter. As Mayes was sitting in a chair in front of a store, Wilkes argued with him and then fatally shot him. City marshal Lacey Newton arrested Wilkes for murder. Trial jury acquitted.


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Date of incident: 1932-05-03
Location: Charleston, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - urban
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Coroner process
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Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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Trial: yes
Conviction: no
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