Killing of Richard Bowden in North Carolina in 1942


Case summary

Richard Bowden, 16, a farm laborer, was killed in 1942 by Cary Britt, a farmer in Robeson County, North Carolina. Britt shot Bowden after Bowden was accused of assaulting Britt’s 13-year-old daughter, Daphne Britt. A coroner’s jury cleared Britt.


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Date of incident: 1942-07-10
Location: Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina
Location type: victim's workplace
Allegation against victim: attempting to rape a white girl

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

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