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Robert McNair


On November 6, 1965, Robert McNair, a 26-year-old African-American Mississippi Steel Company employee, the victim, was shot and killed by a Rankin County Constable in Palahatchie, Mississippi. The subject stated that the shooting occurred when he tried to serve a warrant. Subject claimed that he located the victim outside a “juke joint” (the club) and that the victim initially ran from him. When the subject caught McNair and was escorting him through a field of waist-high grass, the victim pulled out a knife, threatened him, and then lunged at him, whereupon he shot the victim once in self-defense.

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Robert McNair
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Case Document
Updated May 4, 2017