Joe Simpson Shot By T. C. Sessions

A Prominent Farmer of Blaney Neighborhood Wounded – Result of Previous Affray.

Special to The State.

Camden, Nov. 4 – Joe Simpson, a prominent farmer of the Blaney neighborhood, was shot and wounded about the face and shoulder this morning at 11 o’clock by T. C. Sessions, another farmer of the same neighborhood. The shooting is to be an indirect result of the killing of T. C. Sessions’ brother, Henry Sessions, several months ago by Mr. Simpson, Earl Simpson, son of Joe Simpson, who tonight came to Camden to have a warrant taken out for Sessions, said that he and his father and younger brother and a negro were gathering corn in field near the public road when Sessions roade by in his buggy. Shortly afterwards, he said, Sessions passed them again. He said that they continued their work and that he was some distance from his father. Some time after sessions had passed the field the second time, Simpson said, the younger boy called out to his father to look out, that Sessions was going to shoot. No sooner had the son given the alarm than Simpson started to turn around but was shot before doing so, the son declared. Mr. Simpson followed him for some distance but did not fire again.

Dr. Grisby of Blaney was summoned shortly after the shooting, as was the sheriff. Deputy Sheriff Doby Huckabee left for Blaney shortly after receiving word of the shooting. Reports from Blaney state that Sessions had been arrested and that he and the deputy are on their way to Camden.

Several months ago Henry Sessions drove up to Simpson’s gin house and following an altercation Simpson shot and killed him. Simpson was later released on bond and his son, Earl Simpson, who was indicated as an accessory to the killing, was released at the primary hearing. Earl Simpson said that his father had been warned several times that T. C. Sessions would “get him” in case he was acquitted but as the trial would not come off until next week the family did not regard the threats seriously. It is not known yet whether Simpson’s wounds will be healed enough to allow him to stand trial then or not.

Simpson is highly thought of. He was three children living in Camden, one son, Arthur Simpson, who is employed in the post office. Miss Kate Simpson, who has charge of the girls’ tomato club, and Miss Simpson, who is employed in a bank.

November 5, 1913  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
News Article  Issue 8028  Page 9

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