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state v. david - STATE v DAVID a Slave SUPREME COURT OF...

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                                                STATE v. DAVID, a Slave.                                       SUPREME COURT OF NORTH CAROLINA, RALEIGH                                         49 N.C. 353; 1857 N.C. LEXIS 95; 4 Jones Law 353                                                       June, 1857, Decided   PRIOR HISTORY:  [**1]  INDICTMENT for MURDER, tried before his Honor, Judge  MANLY, at the Spring Term, 1857, of Pitt Superior Court.       The charge in the bill was, that a female slave, Fanny, feloniously assaulted and killed one  Abner F. Griffin, and that the prisoner and another slave, Mack, were present, aiding in the  homicide.       The deceased had been employed by the owner of these slaves as an overseer, on a plantation in  Pitt County, and the accused slaves, and divers others, were in his charge, and had been, for  about two months.      Franklin Bell, a witness for the State, stated, that on the evening of the homicide, he and his  father visited the plantation where the deceased superintended, and got there about dark. On  approaching the house, he saw a negro boy riding off a horse, and mentioned it to the deceased,  who went out to enquire concerning it. He was referred by one of the slaves to the house of  Fanny and David, for information. Getting a light, he proceeded to the house where David and  his wife, Fanny, lived, and called upon him to know where the horse was. Fanny, who had  followed David out of the house, answered, that she had sent him off. Upon further enquiry, she  said she had sent after  [**2]  an old woman. Deceased told her she ought to have asked him  about it; to which she replied, that her master had permitted her to do so, and she intended to do  it, as long as there was a horse on the plantation. The deceased said he suspected it was a jug of  liquor she had sent for; to which she replied, "it was a very big jug, and he would see when it  came." The deceased said he had a great mind to whip her for her impudence; she said he would  not whip her that night. The deceased then took a rope out of his pocket, and told her to cross her  hands. She said she would not. Deceased said if she did not, he would knock her down. She still  refused, when he struck her with a stick, which he had in his hand. She threw up her arms and  received the blow upon them. David, who was standing about twelve feet off, then advanced and  said, "you ain't got to do so," or "you must not do so here." The witness did not see that he raised 
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