Clipped From Asheville Citizen-Times
NO CHARGE FILED IMIYMPUIMCrKf iu Lmumuu uhul Fifty Witnesses Are Heard By Judge Cranmer BURLAW, N. C. Sept. 8. ,.4i A hearing Into the killing Auc. 27 of Dock Refers, iiearo. who had wounded wounded two white citizens, concluded here this afternoon without the nling of any charges. Nearly fifty witnesses were paraded paraded to the stand by Solicitor Woodus Kellum of the eighth judicial district, district, who conducted the hearing be-lore be-lore be-lore Judge E. H. Cranmcr oi South-port, South-port, South-port, filiting p-3 p-3 p-3 n committing miig-Jstrate. miig-Jstrate. miig-Jstrate. All the witnesses leMsted efforts of the solicitor to wring admissions admissions of culpability in the lynching lynching from them. Rogers was shot to deiith on a road leading from his home to Burpnw, after he had been wounded previously previously when fire routed him from his house, In which he had fought off for several hours a crowd of angry citizens who sought him for shooting shooting Mrs. Tom Plner, 60, and R. T. Murray, Jr., a special deputy sheriff who had sought to arrest him for the Pincr shooting. It was established by the testimony testimony of Dr. R. C. Williams, Wallace physician, that Rogers, though wounded, twice, was still alive when the truck bearing him to Burgaw was stopped and the negro was pulled off by a crowd of white citizens citizens and his body riddled with bullets. bullets. A feature of the- the- testimony was the admission of Sheriff J. T. Brown of Pender county that he was present at the time of the 6 hooting on the road, but that he "Just didn't know what to do." The only person he could recognize recognize after the shooting was "the boy who was fixing his tire," the sheriff said. A punctured tire had been given as the reason for stopping the truck. Another significant bit of evldcnco was the admission drawn from a rather reticent witness, Robert Bow-en, Bow-en, Bow-en, who said curiosity Impelled him to follow the truck that was bearing Rogers to Burgaw an that "I saw what I really went to see." "And what condition was the body In when you saw It?" the solicitor Inquired. "It looked like it had been shot," was the answer. Burney Johnson, who drove the death truck from the Rogers home. said his tire blew out during the trip. "While I was patching the tire." he said, "Sheriff Brown started to got a tube, and a bunch of .men drove up. we myself, David Wells Riven bark and another were forced to go up the Highway in iront of the truck alter someone had commanded, "got out oi tne way. u you don't, you'll get Bhot.' "Then the body was taken out and shot. I don't remember how many men were there or how many shot were fired; they were fired so fast I couldn't tell. I saw guns, but couldn't describe them, as it was so dark. The light was on In my truck, and we were standing in the glare, and couldn't see back there."