Missouri · Newspaper clippings · School Violence

Man kills another in self-defense after argument over dishes

March 29, 1918
Jefferson City, Missouri
A professor is shot and killed by a superintendent, allegedly in self-defense, after the two argued over which dishes to use for an upcoming social

The killer, Theodore Martin, was found not guilty in September 1918. The jury found ample reasons to believe the victim, Romeo West, had attempted to shoot Martin first and Martin only killed West in self-defense, including Martin’s demeanor on the witness stand and West’s previous history of threatening Martin.

Clipping: The Kansas City Sun (Kansas City, MO) Apr 6 1918

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