Negro Confesses to Bennetts Murder

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Negro Confesses to Bennetts Murder - Harris Arrested at Nashville Tennessee L. D....
Harris Arrested at Nashville Tennessee L. D. Harris,. Negro, formerly of Graniteville, confessed Wednesday Wednesday to the brutal slaying of Mr. and Mrs.. Edward^L. Bennett at their small store near Aiken last April 28. , . The Negro was arrested' ia Nashville, Tenn. where he had been employed with the Bose Con struction Company, since May 3. Sheriff Price Fallaw and W. J. Thompson, State'Constable,' made the trip to Nashville and returned Harris to' Aiken .last. Sunday. Chief of Police Sprawls assisted county officers in obtaining the confession from Harris) The Ne~ Ne~ frro first made a confession in A-hich he attempted to implicate a. fellow Negro, Wiley Bennett. The confession 'in whole follows: Personally comes L. D. Harris who on oath says that on Sunday morning April 28th, 1U46. I left home about nine o'clock.' I -was on my way to Aiken..walking, Graniteville to Aiken. I came up on and put ,}. T. out at his.iho.use. Wiley then carried me on home and put me out. It'was now JTot- tinj; late it> the a f It: moon. I -wont to : work 'Monday."! spent money and had a good time buying whiskey whiskey and beer.'I worked-Tuesday. I was with Brpnson Oar.y McQon- nett and Lucille -Johnson. " W r e picked up two girls aiid a,boy. We .bought a; lot of lirjuor and beei in Aiken, we went nut to the ti.i^h pile and Bronson shot the -pi-tol once and left one ball .in it. Thi~ is the same pistol that T used in the Bennett .fcillinjr. My mother carried this pistol to Johnston for Charley Williams to keep for me. •Harris stated that he js'ave' tho pistol to his iiiothcr, Mabell Harris, Harris, w;ho took the .same •••to Tcet- sy's Cafe, a neprp establishment, in Johnston. The officers later recovered recovered this weapon. . .About a week 1 after th c shool- Bennetts. Constable. «". •f. Thompson and Chief of P ilio lithe lithe trolley bed line from Renoy'H-' M-. Sprawls secured several Park and then cut across to thcjT>' s '<>' bullets of the same calif,re 1 Vaucluse road. As I was walking | <h«t was used h> J;i!l/the'KetiticlN. ' up the.road I got in .sight of thc| T '. 1 cy found that a.•.•tin of tl, c ( -.-ili. i " store. I did not 'xnnw whose .ttt»rol ni 'e used had been stolen Fvi-- ' it was. T hail some soil of funny M' ! ' I1( 'e. ' pointed to f.. I) H.-n-ris i'' feeling that \l had'never h:id. be- j N'eun-o. ••«. (f,,. „„,. . >v | 1( , | i;|| | ^(,,1,,,,'! "' fore^ I wcnf"on in the store. I i'''c gun an,] it \v,- ls - known that' asked for a pack of Caniol Ciirar- ne h : 'd this jii^li.l ,,n ij,,. ,|., v „<•' f-tts and then I asked for some :'"< . . Bennett killing. ..\ desperate! meat, baloney meat and fat back, i effort was .made ; ,l Ibis time to i When I asked for the lialony he ! locate Harris thrnugh Sheriff j came,- from behind the counter : ^ ri( e of Kdiiefield and Railroad | and went to the ice bov and he [ Defective .Sheller .as Uiey had j got the meat out. and went back j'Darned through (he mniliei- of behind the counter. I asked for! Harris that her husband was a re- some other thincs but T can't re-! lired milroa,| man. Sheriff White an er te member member anythinjr «xce|»t Irish po- !*'»•<= able to furnish Chief F«rawl K tat^s Hi. nnf tho «,, l( ,i««,. ...... „ »n,l W r TU _______ - • !y a . He put'the potatoes uj> nn _.-the scale and as he was weiphjnjr and \V. J. Thompson a copy "of Harris* fimrer prints as Sheriff them up he leaned down ^o get j White had previously arrested tho more and as he straightened up I Negro for the authorities in Flor- fired three times at him. I do not " " know exactly, where they hit him. His~ wife started into the store and turned around and I fired at her. I then jumped over the counter behind which Mr. Bennet< was lay inr with his head turned Sprawls and Constable Thompson op against the wall. I reached in developed the case which led to left hand hip pocket and pulled j Harris' »rre.«=t and subsequent •ont his bill folder. I reached into | confession. the money drawer, after I had | After the confession of ITarri*, ence. who had warrants for. his arrest on a larceny charge. Sheriff Fallaw was with Chief Constable Thompson when the pistol was recovered. recovered. WorWnp on these loads Chief -'*" stibsenuent p j ., «• . * —.»-... * »•>«• I .» m. ..«;• i.jic mill tTr»r-Ilin OT Mil III It f polled it nearly "but and (rot th-j State Constable Richardson took chancre out of the drawer. I went j the prisoner to Columbia where on out from behind the counter he was confined in the State Penland Penland waKced on out the front j tentiary for safe keeping door. Went on straight across in front of the itorc into the woods, Went on toward kalmia Hill. I i went a lorn? way down the road J n and than climbed up a ?teep bank KUI1S AlHUCK, BlteS and then turned and went down <*met«ry road to Craniteville. I went to a shop in front of Day's store, near Fox Crossing, f went on in the shop • and bought, a couple of sandwiches and a coople drinks. T left this shop and went lo Virginia Matthews house and on my way to the house I counted the money. T had either J152.00 o r <I63.n0 1 do_ not remember remember which. The largest Kill was a ten. Ther c was eight or nine of them. Tho rest was in ones and fives and the rest was in ehanjre. When I got. to Virginia's house I sat down in the swing and taFxed. About ten or fifteen minutes minutes later Medloek, ,T. T. he come alonir. I then walked t ( > his house -with him. He took a bath and changed clothes and shined his shoes. We then came on back to my house. I eat dinner. We walked walked back up to the corner and we talked with some girls. We then left there and went on to Buir- rers. We then went and hourht some whiskey. J. T. and r bputrht nne pint tORcther. We drank the wbisiey an<? went on np to Wiley •*n»>«tt<(. We r«d« over: to Dor D»Tii^ house., Wiley Bennett. J. T. We boujrht » were ">«tfc«r half pint of. whiskey J-f1» e and ! «hrty. We left there and went I saw H«n»y Bvttor md *•» rowr flwrt to*. W» hta that went Un-Inoculated Doj,? Runs Amuck, Bites Man, Cow, Hog, Dogs I--»st Sunday a dog, which had not been inoculated, developed rabies, hit a man, a cow, a hog and 12 dogs before being killed. Chester M. Holley, Agent for the S. I'. C. A. called attention to the South Carolina statute which required that all. dogs must he vaccinate,) against r abie s . A num" her of prosecutions for failur,. to abide by tiic law were "rejiorted by Mr. Hollcv. Charlie Williams Fined For Cruelty To Animals Charlie Williams was proseeute,| last, week and chained with "cr'ui-l. ty to animals." He~~w.is fined J10.00 when Atcern Chester M. Holley; of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty'to. Animals testified that Williams kept eiphl hofrs standing in mu<l and water with no place to lie down. ; Outinjf Club Meeting There will be a meeting of the Club at 6:15 Friday even in*, at the Chamber of Commerce Boild- : members of the Outirur r, C. W. Buach, secretary, baa

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  1. Aiken Standard,
  2. 19 Jul 1946, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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