Accidental Homicide

The Gazette
June 26, 1901

On last Friday evening about 5 o’clock, Jim Wilburn, aged about 12, shot and killed Amos Cobb, aged about 14, both colored. The shooting occurred at the Cox ferry, about two miles from town. The boys had been hunting and were returning home when the fatal accident happened.

On learning of the affair Dr. Taylor immediately summoned a jury and investigated the affair, rendering a decision of accidental homicide.

It developed in the evidence that Jim Wilburn started to shoot a bird and when the gun was near the position to shoot it accidentally fired killing Amos Cobb, who was directly in front of the gun. The whole load of squirrel shot struck him square in the face tearing out his right eye and penetrating his brain Death resulted instantly.

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