State v. Elihu Coppinger

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Elihu Coppinger
Case Date: 
1855
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Murder

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
101
Notes / Description: 

Coppinger, enslaved to William Earley, murdered Sam Bootch, a free black man by stabbing him in the stomach, after they quarreled & fist fought. Apparently Bootch owed Elihu money for some boots, but refused to pay. Elihu was to be freed four months after the incident. Others mentioned: Dolly Mathis & Bacchus, Houston Nelson. Consideration of testimonies by enslaved people, as well as Bootch's rights if was only entitled to be manumitted, rather than legally free.