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Constable Lee Roy Selman | Little River County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Little River County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Constable

Lee Roy Selman

Little River County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 19, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with murder

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Constable Lee Selman was shot and killed by a suspect who was wanted for the murder of Policeman Hence Giles, of the Texarkana Police Department, on July 16th, 1926.

The suspect had escaped from the Miller County Jail three months earlier while on trial for Policeman Giles' murder.

The suspect was captured in Sevier County and subsequently charged with Constable Selman's murder, as well as a third murder. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. Governor Harvey Parnell later reduced his sentence to 21 years and granted him a Christmas furlough in 1932. He failed to return and was listed as an escapee on January 8th, 1933. One month later he was arrested in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, after robbing a bank.

He was also identified as having robbed a bank in Texas while out on furlough. He was convicted of bank robbery and shooting with intent to murder, and sentenced to life in prison. In September of 1933 he, along with several other inmates, escaped from Angola Penitentiary. During the escape, prison Captain John A. Singleton, Guard James Fletcher, and Trustee Guard Arnold Davis were slain. He was captured one month later in Clarksville, Texas. He was charged with bank robbery, kidnapping, and several other crimes in Texas and sentenced to life in prison. In 1936 he was extradited back to Louisiana and charged with Captain Singleton's murder. His trial resulted in a mistrial.

In 1943 he was again charged with Captain Singleton's murder and the trial again resulted in a mistrial. On May 26th, 1959, he was released from Angola Penitentiary and returned to the Arkansas Penitentiary to finish his sentence there.

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Policeman Hence C. Giles
Texarkana Police Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Friday, July 16, 1926
Cause: Gunfire

Guard James W. Fletcher
Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Trustee Guard Arnold Davis
Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

Captain John A. Singleton
Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 12, 1933
Cause: Gunfire

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