The mules had been shot. When the mules, regularly left to forage for themselves amid the Florida scrub, did not wander back to the Hernandez plantation, Adam, the driver charged with their care, went to look for them. He found the animals dead and dying along the road that connected the Hernandez and Dupont plantations, south of St. Augustine. A trail of blood led to Dupont's.
"Did Slaves Have Free Will? Luke, a Slave, v. Florida and Crime at the Command of the Master,"
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