In the year following the trial to convict Emily Burns, Octavia Dockery seethed with resentment for the sheriff of Adams County. One year to the day of her arrest and that of Dick Dana, she filed lawsuits for herself and on Dick’s behalf, seeking damages from Book Roberts for their unlawful arrest and humiliation. Roberts, who believed the pair was involved in the murder, re-arrested them on murder charges. During arguments among the attorneys it was revealed that the previous grand jury had voted to indict the pair for murder, but Adams County district attorney Clay Tucker would not prosecute. The case had exhausted the town of Natchez. A venire of more than 200 men was passed over so there were not enough to field a jury of 12. The judge declared a mistrial, but the murder charges against Dana and Dockery remained.
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