Killing of Carlyle William Mason in North Carolina in 1934


Case summary

Carlyle William Mason (1896 – 1934), a pharmacist and veteran, was killed by Francis Yonge Legare, Jr., in New Hanover County, North Carolina. Legare entered Mason’s drugstore and fatally shot Mason following a robbery. Trial jury convicted. Legare was sentenced to 20 to 25 years for the murder.


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Date of incident: 1934-10-27
Location: Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: refusing to sell drugs to a white man without a prescription

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 20-25 years

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