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Day Warden William Harry King | Burlington County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey Burlington County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey

Day Warden

William Harry King

Burlington County Sheriff's Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, November 5, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Warden King was killed when he was assaulted by an inmate with an iron poker at the Burlington County Jail.

Warden King had opened the inmate's cell door to give him medicine. At that time, all cells had fireplaces and the inmate used the fire poker to beat Warden King in the hallway. It is thought the inmate was after the trustee and Warden King tried to stop him.

The inmate, who was suffering from delirium, attacked and killed the jail trustee-who he might have known. The inmate was never tried for the slayings and spent the rest of his life in a mental institution.

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Chief Marshal Randy Ford, Ret.
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November 5, 2017

 

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