Thursday, January 7, 2016

Robert Ford Shoots Dallas Ellis

Garage Worker Accused Of Murder
While authorities of Maryland and Delaware were searching for Robert Ford, a negro Garage mechanic of Salisbury, a coroners jury, summoned to inquire into the death of Dallas M. Ellis, Delmar trainman, who was killed at the home of John Trader, colored about two miles from Delmar late last Sunday afternoon, return a verdict charging Ford with the slaying.

The Jury with S. Ker Slemons as foreman met in the Stephens Building in Delmar Monday Night.  The other members of the jury were; E. W. Hastings, B. F. Marsh, W. A. Venables, T. C. Roe, J. E. Powell, Harry Gibson, Walter Mills, W. V. Hearthway, W. W. Whayland, W. B. Stephens, and A. A. Elliott. Justice of the Peace Harry E. Hudson acted as coroner.  The inquest was conducted by Levin C. Bailey, State's attorney for Wicomico County.  The following witnesses testified before the jury Marion Wootten, Frank Lowe, Oscar Phillips, John Trader, Leon Mills, Samuel J. Ellis, Clara Trader, Ben Trader, Sarah Trader, and Dr. Robert Ellegood, all of Delmar; Frank Littleton, Charlie Hastings, and Howard Hastings of Salisbury.  Walter Hastings and Mildred Trader of Delmar were summoned but did not appear.  The wide of the accused Negro was present but was not asked to testify.

According to the testimony brought out at the inquest Ellis walked into the yard of John Trader, a Negro musician, late last Sunday afternoon.  A single charge from a shotgun entered his right side, and he died while witnesses to the shooting were taking him to the office of Dr. Robert Ellegoode.

From The Crisfield Times Sept 21, 1929

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