Killing of Hamp Richard in Arkansas in 1943


Case summary

Hamp Richard (1918 - 1943), a farmer, was killed by Jim Woodward, a Black man, in Chicot County, Arkansas. Woodward fatally shot Richard at a gambling house over a dispute about a debt Richard owed night marshal Oscar Mayes. Woodward claimed self-defense and was released after a preliminary hearing.


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

Date of incident: 1943-06-27
Location: Dermott, Chicot County, Arkansas
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: dispute over a debt owed to a police officer

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

Criminal process
Arrest: no
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: [ ]
Trial: no
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

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