Killing of Albert King Sr. in South Carolina in 1937


Case summary

Albert King Sr. (1900-1937), a carpenter, was killed by C.L. Bessinger in Georgetown County, South Carolina. NAACP correspondence states that King was “killed for poaching on a millionaire’s estate.” Bessinger was the estate’s watchman. A coroner’s jury concluded that Bessinger shot King in self-defense.


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Date of incident: 1937-08-13
Location: Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: poaching

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

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

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