KILLS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW
Contributed by Ken Doggett May 26, 2005
In Morgan County Archives
The Madisonian September 18, 1931
MAN KILLS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW
Monday morning early, near Watkinsville, in Oconee county, occurred a tragedy in which Robert White, of Athens, shot and killed his mother-in-law, Mrs. W.S. Doggett at her home. The tragedy arose over possession of the child of the Whites, who had been separated for some time. In the occurrence White shot at his wife with a pistol, but missed her and the bullet struck Mrs. Doggett, inflicting a death wound.
White immediately made his escape in an automobile and drove by Booth's gas station in the edge of Madison, and purchased two gallons of gas, an hour later returning and buying two more gallons. He had not been apprehended as we go to press.
Mr. and Mrs. Doggett formerly resided at Apalachee, he being section forman on the Central railroad, and are remembered by many of our people.
Typo corrected: original article gave victim's name as Mrs. W.F. Doggett. Mrs. W.S. Doggett was the former Nancy A Brown, married to William Shade Doggett, son of William Young Doggett and grandson of Shadrach Doggett and Jane Vickers. Daughter's name was Dollie Doggett, married to perpetrator Robert L. White
WHITE CAUGHT IN ALBANY THURSDAY
Contributed by Ken Doggett April 10, 2006
The Madisonian October 16, 1931
ROBERT WHITE CAUGHT IN ALBANY THURSDAY
Robert White, who shot and killed his mother-in-law, Mrs. W. S. Doggett, at her home near Watkinsville, on Sept., 14th, was captured near Albany, Ga., on Thursday, and brought back to Athens jail for safe keeping by Sheriff Crowley, of Oconee county.
White has been in hiding in an old house near a relative since the commission of the crime, and still held the pistol with which he did the shooting. He was surrounded in the house, upon being reported, and found in bed, but offered no resistance to ar4rest. White claims he shot Mrs. Doggett in self-defense, believing she was attempting to shoot him, but the facts show the woman had no pistol either in hand or house.
He will be held for trial without bond.