State v. W. T. Cox

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. W. T. Cox
Case Date: 
1926
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Manslaughter, Involuntary

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Division: 
West
Number of Pages: 
243
Notes / Description: 

Cox, night policeman of Humboldt, killed Carl Ladd and Gaston Croom after they attempted to run him over. Cox thought a car, driven by Ladd, matched the description of a stolen car, and tried to stop the vehicle speeding down Main Street. The car swerved to hit Cox, missed, and turned around tried again, left and came back to try a third time. Cox attempted to shoot out a tire, but missed and hit Ladd. The bullet passed through Ladd and lodged in Croom, killing the later instantly. Ladd died in the road.