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Divorce case depositions in Virginia end in a bloody battle leaving three dead

Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1857
02/25/1860
In Pittsylvania County, Virginia, a messy divorce case turned into a deadly confrontation during the taking of depositions at a neighborhood general store.  Captain Vincent Witcher, the grandfather of Victoria Smith Clement, the plaintiff in the case, along with two of her brothers, objected to a particular proceeding and a gun and knife fight broke out in the store.  By its conclusion, the three Clement brothers, including James, the husband in the divorce case, had been killed or fatally wounded. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1861), 30-31.

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