Lewis, John D : Public Claim
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Negro man slave Yamma, in and upon the right side of him the said negro man Gamma, giving to him the said Negro man Yamma, then and there with the disk aforesaid, in and upon the right side of him the said Negro man Yamma, one mortal wound of the breadth of three inches and of the depth of six inches, of which mortal wound, he the said negro man Yamma, from the said twelfth day of August, One thousand eight hundred and forty eight, until the thirteenth day of August in the said Year One thousand eight hundred and forty eight until the thirteenth day of August in the said year One thousand, eight hundred and forty eight, did languish and languishing did live, on which said thirteenth day of august, One thousand eight hundred and forty eight in the County aforesaid he the said negro man Yamma of the mortal wound aforesaid did die - So that the said negro man slave John in the manner and by the means aforesaid, feloniously, wilfully, deliberately, premeditatedly and of his malice aforethought, did kill and murder the said negro man slave Yamma contrary to the form of the stat[ue] in that case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth in and the said negro man slave named John being confined in the common Jail of this County on the charge aforesaid, was this day led to the bar in the custody of the keeper of said Jail - and thereupon the evidence being fully heard, and the arguments of counsel in part heard, the Court adjourned until the next morning.9 O.Clock until which time this cause was continued: At which day to wit: At a Court held as aforesaid the 12th day of September 1848, the said Negro man Slave John was again led to the bar in the Custody of the keeper of the Jail for said Court; and thereupon the arguments of counsel in the cause as well on behalf of the Commonwealth as of the Prisoner being fully heard: it is the unanimous opinion of the Court, that he is guilty of the murder of the said Negro slave Yamma as charged against