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Town Marshal Christopher C. Chenault | Rayville Police Department, Louisiana Rayville Police Department, Louisiana

Town Marshal

Christopher C. Chenault

Rayville Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Friday, June 17, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched

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Town Marshal Christopher Chenault was shot and killed by the town blacksmith whom he was attempting to arrest for a minor offense.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death July 9, 1910. His attorney immediately appealed his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Early the next morning an angry mob broke into the Rayville Jail, dragged the suspect from his cell, and hanged him from a tree on the same spot where he killed Marshal Chenault. A note was found pinned to the dead man's clothing which read, "This is the outcome of the appeal".

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 17, 2015


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