Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Electrocution of Connor Brothers Stayed for Appeal of Case, Nov. 20, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 20, 1919

Negroes Doomed to Chair Are Given a Respite

Raleigh, Nov. 20—Doomed to die in the electric chair and only three more days before the date of their electrocution, Ralph and Sinclair Connor, negro brothers, Tuesday received the joyful news from Warren Busbee that they had been granted an appeal to the Supreme Court. The two men will at least get a stay of judgment pending the outcome of their case in the higher court.

The brothers were to have been electrocuted at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning, and preparations had been made for their death by Warren Busbee and his helpers at the State Prison. As a precautionary measure Warden Busbee Tuesday morning inquired of the clerk of court in Iredell county, where the negroes were convicted, and received the information that an appeal had been granted. He then told the condemned prisoners.

The Connor brothers were convicted and condemned to die at the October term of Iredell Superior Court for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Cleaningen of Mooresville. The crime occurred at Morrow’s School on Sunday, August 9.

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