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Herbert Lee


On September 25, 1961, Herbert Lee, an African-American farmer, was shot and killed at Westbrook’s Cotton Gin in Liberty, Mississippi, by the subject, Eugene Hurst, a Mississippi state representative.  Hurst stated that he and the victim argued over an outstanding debt and that the victim swung a tire iron at him.  Hurst responded by striking the victim in the head with a .38 caliber revolver, causing it to fire and kill the victim.

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Case Name
Herbert Lee
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Case Document
Updated October 6, 2016