Killing of Booker T. Spicely in North Carolina in 1944


Case summary

Pvt. Booker T. Spicely (1909 - 1944) was killed by Herman Lee Council in Durham County, North Carolina. Herman Lee Council, a bus driver, had ordered Spicely to sit in the back of the bus. Spicely protested but eventually moved to the back. When Spicely got off the bus, Council shot Spicely, alleging that Spicely started an argument and advanced on him. A trial jury acquitted Council. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Date of incident: 1944-07-08
Location: Durham, Durham County, North Carolina
Location type: public conveyance
Allegation against victim: refusing to move to the back of the bus

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
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