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Deputy Sheriff Archer Thomas Belcher | Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Archer Thomas Belcher

Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 17, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 1/22/1912

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Executed in 1912

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Deputy Sheriff Archer Belcher succumbed to injuries inflicted one month earlier when he was beaten by three inmates while overseeing a work crew of of the Virginia State Convict Road Force in Chesterfield County.

He was taken to Petersburg Hospital where he remained until succumbing to the injuries.

One of the subjects was shot and killed during his arrest. The other two were convicted of his murder and sentenced to death. They were both executed by electrocution on June 14th, 1912.

Deputy Belcher served with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Officer and supervised a state prison crew as part of agreement between the county and state. He was survived by his wife and ten children.

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This guard was my grandfather.The family is so proud of his service and hope one day you and others will be recognized. His son, my father was Melvin Archer Belcher born in February 1906 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Joyce Ann Belcher Skelton
December 11, 2016


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