- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2005

David K. Poole Jr., 78, former prosecutor

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — David K. Poole Jr., who served as Washington County state’s attorney from 1962 to 1970, died Jan. 25 of complications from a stroke, his son, R. Bruce Poole, said. He was 78.

Mr. Poole’s career also included stints as attorney for Washington County and the towns of Williamsport and Sharpsburg, his son said.

During his tenure as state’s attorney, a trial was held in Washington County that became the basis for the Bob Dylan song, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.” The case had been moved to Hagerstown from Baltimore, and Mr. Poole assisted the Baltimore prosecutors at the trial, the former prosecutor’s son said.

The defendant, Charles County tobacco farmer William D. Zantzinger, was convicted of manslaughter in 1963 and sentenced to six months in jail plus a $500 fine for killing Hattie Carroll, a black barmaid at a society charity dance. Zantzinger was accused of causing Miss Carroll’s death by striking her with a cane.

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