Case Number: 10821

Poindexter, Henry - Age 38 - Colored - Stabbed to death at 3:35 AM, 2/10/30 in 2nd fl., 5138 So. Michigan Ave., by Hayes Hamilton, colored, with whom he fought on account of deceased making advances toward Mrs. Hamilton. On 2/11/30 Hamilton was booked for murder but on the same day was exonerated by the Coroner. On 2/17/30 the case was nolle prossed by Judge Helander. 5 Dist.


Date of Offense February 10, 1930
Date of Death February 10, 1930
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 5138 S. Michigan Ave.
Location Description on 2nd floor
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional manslaughter
Characteristics victim was making advances on the wife of the defe
Method of Killing Other stabbing, stabbing unspecified
Weapon stabbed to death
Motive victim made advances toward defendant's wife
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide Yes
Description Jealousy, fight, quarrel over woman, man
Total Number of Victims 1
Excessive Violence Excessive or extreme use of force
Location on 2nd floor
Related to Organized Crime


Name Poindexter, Henry
Age 38 years
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity African American


Name Hamilton, Hayes
Gender Male
Ethnicity African American
Race Black


Precinct 5
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 11-Feb-30
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision February 11, 1930
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Exonerated, Commended
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision February 17, 1930
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder