Hillsville Massacre (Floyd Allen)
Prosperous and patriarch of a leading Carroll County family, Floyd Allen was also bad tempered and violent. In 1911 two of his nephews got into a fistfight during church. Allen told them to flee, but later agreed to bring them to court. Along the way, he assaulted two deputies and was himself arrested. When a guilty verdict was announced a year later during his trial shots rang out, leaving a judge, a sheriff, an attorney, a juror and a spectator dead. Although it was unclear who fired the first shot in the so-called Hillsville Massacre, Allen and his son Claude were executed for murder.
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