Marlboro County, South Carolina


Monday December 5 1905 State Paper

Walter Swett Killed By Duncan Grantís Blow
A Fight in Marlboro County Results in Death of a Prominent Young Farmer

Special to the StateóBennettsville, Dec 4óDuncan Grant, charged with the murder of Walter Swett, came to Bennettsville this morning and surrendered to Sheriff Green.

It seems that Mr Swett, a prosperous and well-to-do farmer of the upper part of this county, went to Cheraw last Friday. Returning he met Duncan Grant about three miles out from Cheraw and they got into a dispute and had a fight, after which they shook hands and parted, agreeing to go bird hunting that afternoon. Mr Swett went on towards home and stopped at the home of Mr John Leviner. Soon Mr Grant came up and a fight followed and Grant struck Swett with a gun, inflicting mortal wounds, from which Swett died early Saturday morning.

Swett was a well known young farmer and leaves a wife and two children. Grant was born in this county, but has been living in Florida for some time, being on a visit to relatives at the time of the homicide.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 2004.


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