This Day in History: 1934-03-21
A Civil suit for damages in the case of a Cragmere boy who had been shot by a neighbor as he ran across his yard was suddenly dismissed in a dramatic turn. John Wright of Cragmere was seeking $15,000 in damages from Cornelius Stuart for an incident which had taken place on January 25, 1932. John Wright Jr and another boy were playing hare and hounds and ran across the Shuart yard. Testimony revealed that Stuart had raised the window of his house and fired his shotgun at the boys. Eighty-five pellets were taken from the boy’s right leg and fifty slugs from his left. One of those questioned was Shuart’s father. When he reported that criminal charges against his twenty-four-year-old son had previously been dismissed, Judge Edwin C. Caffrey declared a mistrial, ending the case.