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Deputy Constable Otto W. Hennech | Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

Deputy Constable

Otto W. Hennech

Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, February 5, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 2/1/1912

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to 22 years in prison

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On Sunday, February 1, 1912, Edmond Thomas was alleged to have stabbed Aaron Moore because Moore struck him with a stick. Moore was severely wounded, but it was not fatal. Deputy Constable Otto W. Hennech, and Ike Campbell, reported as his “deputy,” but from his inactions at scene more likely a deputized citizen, went to the Thomas home near Circleville community in Williamson County. Deputy Constable Hennech attempted to arrest Edmund Thomas when he was seized by Austin Thomas, his blind brother, and 4-5 members of the family. They stabbed him with knives and cut him with razors. Hennech had his intestines come out of his stomach and his chest was cut open. He was stabbed and cut sixteen times. The Thomas family members fled, but were arrested by Constable Lee Allen of the Granger precinct. Hennech died on Monday, February 5, 1912.

Edmond Thomas was convicted for the assault on Moore and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Edmond and Austin Thomas were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing Hennech. Austin was pardoned by Governor James E. Ferguson on August 2, 1915. Edmond was released December 20, 1925.

Hennech was survived by his wife and three children. A fourth child was born after his death. He was buried in the Taylor City Cemetery.

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Omg that is so awful Austin should of never been pardoned all of them should have faced life in prison for that horrific crime. Rip Otto you truly are a hero you will never be forgotten

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