1939: Carnival Workers to Die For Murder

Middletown, Conn., March 16.–(AP)–A sentence of death by electrocution hung today over Ira A Weaver, 35, formerly of King’s Mountain, N. C., and Vincent Cots, 32, who were convicted yesterday of murdering a storekeeper in an attempted robbery.

The two, both carnival workers, were tried by a tribunal of superior court judges. The judges decided both were equally guilty of the slaying January 21 of Joseph G. Dripps.

Weaver said Cots did the shooting while he waited in an automobile outside Dripps’ store. Cots denied committing the crime and asserted he had no knowledge of it although he admitted being with Weaver the night of the holdup.

From The Index-Journal (Greenwood, S. C.), Thursday, March 16, 1939
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