Killing of Hattie McCray in Louisiana in 1930


Case summary

Hattie McCray, 14, a dishwasher, was killed in 1930 by Patrolman Charles Guerand in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guerand came to the restaurant and pressured McCray for sex, then shot her in the head when she refused. Trial jury convicted. Guerand escaped the death penalty by being declared insane. He was incarcerated in an asylum and later pled guilty to manslaughter. He was released in 1938.


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

Date of incident: 1930-02-10
Location: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: victim's workplace
Allegation against victim: resisting a police officer's sexual advances

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

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: death

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