Killing of James Walker Jr. in South Carolina in 1946


Case summary

James Walker Jr. (1913-1946), a paper mill employee, was killed by William Craig and others in Elko, Barnwell County, South Carolina. Walker was on a visit to his parents. He stopped at an establishment for a refreshment, and left when a fight broke out. He was followed to the family home by Craig and several other white men, and was shot to death while standing on the front porch.


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

Date of incident: 1946-08-12
Location: Elko, Barnwell County, South Carolina
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: arguing or fighting with a white man in a store; failing to call a white man "mister"

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

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

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