Warden H. G. Worthy and the four guards who had killed eight Negro convicts at Georgia's State Highway Camp No. 18 (TIME, July 21) were cleared last week by a special grand jury of 23 Georgians. The jury decided that Warden Worthy and his men had acted within the state law, which allows the shooting of escaping prisoners. Warden Worthy was not "half-drunk" at the time, as Convict Willie Bell testified. The prisoners were the most "undisciplined" in the state. Said the jury: "This trouble would not have happened had the prisoners been chained and striped."


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