Georgia Cold Cases

The Georgia Cold Cases Project at Emory University investigates racially motivated civil rights-era murders that took place in the state from the end of World War II to the late 1960s. These are the cases that students have examined, are examining, or will examine in the future. If you have information about any of these cases, or would like to notify the project about a case we may not have listed, please contact us.

This is a map showing the location of all of the cases currently under investigation by the project. You can click on each one to learn more about each case.


Ernest Hunter

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Police officer Billy Carter shot Ernest Hunter in a physical altercation at the Camden County jail in St. Mary’s on Sept. 13, 1958. Carter had arrested Hunter for getting involved when Carter pulled over Hunter’s wife, Vernell Hunter, for a traffic violation. A coroner’s jury ruled the death a justifiable homicide, and the FBI dropped the case.