State of Florida
Eastern Judicial Circuit Court. Circuit Court of St. Johns County. At a Regular Term of Said Court for the County of St. Johns, Began on Monday the 3[rd] day of November ad 1851:
Presiding the Honorable Thomas Douglas, Judge. Be it Remembered, that heretofore to wit: On the fifth day of Nov Eighteen Hundred and fifty-one, the Grand Jury came into Court and presented the following Bill to wit:
State of Florida_vs._ Luke a Slave, Indictment_" Maliciously wounding animals"__"d. ? Bill" George Center__ Foreman. Which Indictment is in the following words and figures, to wit:
In Circuit Court Eastern Circuit of Florida,
Fall Term, 1851
"State of Florida Vs. Luke a Slave"
Maliciously wounding animals_
"St. Johns County,
The Grand Jurors of the State of Florida Empaneled and sworn to Enquire and true Presentments made in and for the Body of the County of St. Johns , upon their oath present, that Luke, late of said County of St Johns, a slave, the property of Abraham Dupont, on the twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one with force and arms in the County and State a foresaid, two Mules of the Value of Three Hundred Dollars of the Goods and Chattels, the property of another, to wit, the property of Joseph M. Hernandez then and there being, unlawfully and maliciously did kill contrary to the form of the Statue in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the State of Florida.
And the Jurors aforesaid, upon their Oath aforesaid, Do further present, that Luke, the Slave aforesaid, of the County aforesaid, on the same Twentieth day of July in the year eighteen hundred & fifty one aforesaid, with force and arms in the County and State aforesaid, Two Mules of the value of Two Hundred Dollars of the Goods and Chattels, the property of another, to wit, of Joseph M. Hernandez, then and there being, unlawfully and Maliciously did wound contrary to the form of the Statue in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the State of Florida.
S.P. Sanderson Solicitor of Said Circuit ____