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Plato Hoyle
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Birth: unknown
Death: Dec. 29, 1916
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA

Plato Hoyle in Hospital With Bullet Wound--Neil Turner Placed Under $200 Bonds for Alleged Assault
Special to The Observer.

Lincolnton, Dec. 28.--Plato Hoyle of North Brook was brought to the Lincoln Hospital this week as a result of a gunshot wound, the ball penetrating his intestines, liver and lodgin in the back. The bullet was removed and physicians state that while he is in a serious condition he has a chance to recover. There is nothing known as to how he was shot further than that it was accidental. The wounded man refuses to talk. He was brought to the hospital in and [sic] automobile by Neil Turner, who state [sic] that Hoyle was shot accidentally.

A phone message to officials here from the country asked that Turner be held and he was placed under a bond of $200 for preliminary hearing next Tuesday.

There is a rumor here that Hoyle was shot while he and Turner were tusseling with a revolver, and while neither would so state, the physicians say that the wound was badly burned with powder.

Charlotte Observer
December 29, 1916
Page 8
Plato Hoyle Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds at Lincolnton--Accused Man Gives Bond at Gastonia.
Special to The Observer.

Cherryville, Dec. 29.--Plato Hoyle, son of John R. Hoyle of Toluca, north of Cherryville, who was shot by Neal Turner, died at the Lincolnton Hospital today. Hoyle was a prominent young man living in the community with Turner, who is an excellent farmer and trader.

Turner did all he could for the unfortunate man, carrying him to the hospital. Turner gave bond for his appearance for a hearing or investigation next week. As soon as the death of young Hoyle was announced Turner was ordered in the custody of the officers and was taken to Gastonia and place in jail without bail. An investigation will be made within a few days now and it is expected that a bond will be fixed which Turner can doubtless furnish.

Charlotte Observer
December 30, 1916
Page 2
Convicted of Killing Plato Hoyle in Lincoln County During Christmas Week.
Special to the Observer.

Lincolnton, Feb. 2.--Neal Turner was convicted of manslaughter here this afternoon, the jury returning the verdict at 6:30, after having deliberated five hours. Sentence will be passed by Judge Frank Carter Saturday.

Turner was charged with shooting Plato Hoyle, the tragedy having occurred Christmas week in North Brook Township, Lincoln County.

The case has aroused much interest here. Solicitor R. L. Hoffman had five assistants in the case while the defense retained five attorneys. This case had consumed the time of the court since Wednesday.

This is the first time in its history that Lincoln County has had four weeks of court.

Charlotte Observer
February 3, 1917
Page 9 
Created by: Jane M. Howard
Record added: Jul 24, 2011
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