Case of the Day

Case Description

Wells, George, 51 years old, fatally shot, 487 State St., by Henry Foster, colored, who was arrested, sentenced to death by hanging, and executed Jan. 24, 1896.

Case Number



Date of offense October 4, 1895
Date of death October 4, 1895
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 487 State
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional murder
Method of killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon fatally shot
Murder/suicide? Yes
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Wells, george
Age 51 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Foster, Henry
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity African American


Total number of defendants arrested 1
Time between crime and arrest Less than 1 day
Allegations of police corruption No


Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges against defendant Murder
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Outcome of Grand Jury decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Length of sentence Death penalty
Sentence completed Yes
Defendant executed? Yes
Date of execution January 24, 1896
Type of execution Hanged
Post trial information Death sentence carried out
Allegations of police corruption No