State v. Luke, a Slave

State v. Luke, a Slave

Lower Court

  • St. Johns County


  • 1853


  • 440


  • 773


State of Florida

Vs. Malicious Mischief

Luke, a Slave

Error from-St. Johns Co. Circuit Court_

Statement of Case & Assignment of Error_

It is agreed by and between the respective Counsel to wit L.P Sanders Esq Solicitor for the State and McQueen McIntosh Esq Counsel for prisoner, "That upon the Trail of said cause [sic] in said Circuit Court the following facts appeared in evidence "That a Negro driver of Joseph M. Hernandez in searching for certain stray Mules the property of his said master. Found me of said Mules dead upon the road leading from his masters plantation to the plantation of Dupont and two others badly injured from gun shot wounds of which injuries they subsequently died_ the second Mule was shot Thos Missrupt{?] traced the Mules to the plantation of Abraham Duport prisoners master by the blood upon the ground_ And meeting with prisoner asked him if he knew who had shot said Mules ? Prisoner replied that he had shot them and was ordered so to do by his Master. That the Mules had come to his prisoners garden in an unenclosed field and destroyed it That he had complained to his Master. Thereof and asked him what he should do if they came again and that his Master told him to shoot them and