Killing of Wince Walton in Arkansas in 1944


Case summary

Wince Walton, age 68, a rancher, was killed in 1944 by a group of men in Palestine, St. Francis County, Arkansas. According to an NAACP memo, Walton was planning to sell his cattle and move to Ohio to live with his son. When he found that some of his cattle was missing, it was believed that he approached James McCrown, a white man, about it. Walton was later shot by a group of men and beaten to death. By some accounts, unverified, McCrown was arrested and turned over to the grand jury.


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Date of incident: 1944-11-26
Location: Palestine, Saint Francis County, Arkansas
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Allegation against victim: dispute over cattle

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Arrest: yes
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