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Nelson Earl MITCHELL





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To avoid arrest
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 27, 1986
Date of birth: 1962
Victim profile: Robert Cunningham, 51 (Iron City Police Chief)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Early County, Georgia, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 14, 1990

Nelson Earl Mitchell, 34, was sentenced to death in January 1990 in Early County for killing Iron City Police Chief Robert Cunningham, 51, during a routine traffic stop.

Mr. Mitchell, who had prior convictions for larceny and theft, testified that the white police chief used racial slurs and the gun went off during a struggle.

One issue the defense may raise on appeal is an allegation that the jury foreman's husband was sitting in the courtroom and allegedly signaled his wife to vote for death by drawing his finger across his throat. Although it's been more than seven years since his conviction, the first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed.



Nelson Earl Mitchell