Killing of Dock Rogers in North Carolina in 1933


Case summary

Dock Rogers, 45, a farmer, was killed in 1933 by a mob in Pender County, North Carolina. Deputy sheriff R. T. Murray, Jr. attempted to arrest Rogers allegedly for shooting Mrs. Tom Piner, 60, wife of a farmer. Rogers allegedly barricaded himself inside his shack and shot at Deputy Murray several times. Police officers set fire to the shack and shot Rogers, wounding him. While being taken to a hospital by officers, Rogers was seized by a mob of citizens and fatally shot.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1933-08-27
Location: Willard, Pender County, North Carolina
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: insisting on eating breakfast with a white farm family; wounding a white woman in a quarrel with her husband; shooting at a white woman following a dispute with a white bootlegger; shooting a white member of the posse

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

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

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