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At a court of Oyer and Terminer held at Bedford Courthouse the 16th day of August 1822 for the trial of Plato a Negroe Man slave the property of William Milner indicted for having on the 2nd of this instant feloniously unlawfully and of his malice aforethought murdered a negroe Woman slave named Edy the property of said William Milner Present Isaac Olay Thomas Sale Pleasant M Goggins Mitchell Ewing and Jacob White Gent Justices The prisoner being led to the bar in custody of the Jailor William Cook esquire appeared as council for the prisoner being approved of by the court and John F Sale Esquire as prosecutor for the Common Wealth P. H. Gilmer Esqr. the attorney for the Common Wealth being absent who being arraigned plead not guilty whereupon the court proceeded to the examination of the witnesses and the prisoner heard in his defence on consideration thereof it is the opinion of the court that he is guilty of the felony aforesaid and that for the same he shall hung by the neck til he be Dead. Dead, dead, and that he be taken back to the jail and there safely kept till the 21st day of September next and that the sheriff do on that day between the hours of twelve o clock and three convey him to the gallows and execute the sentence aforesaid. It is the opinion of the court that the said negroe slave Plato is of the value of five hundred dollars Court dissolved Isaac Oley A Copy Teste J. Steptoe CBC $500 Recd a warrant of five hundred dollars this 17 Octo: 1822 [Sam?] [illegible]