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Deputized Civilian Norton R. Moody | Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputized Civilian

Norton R. Moody

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 31, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Dave Taylor held a dance at his home in the Woden community in southeast Nacogdoches County. Deputy Sheriff Will Alders deputized a private citizen, Norton R. Moody, to accompany him to maintain the peace. Deputy Alders and the deputized citizen attempted to arrest a man at the party. Dave Taylor told the lawmen not to enter the yard, and if they did they would be killed. Deputy Alders tried to explain that the men inside the house creating a disturbance had to be arrested. As Deputy Alders entered the yard, Dave Taylor pulled a revolver and shot Alders in the breast. Deputy Alders shot Dave Taylor two times, killing him. Moody went to aid Alders but was shot and instantly killed by Dave Taylor’s brother, Farmer (also reported as Palmer) Taylor. Farmer Taylor fled the scene but was arrested and jailed. In April 1907, Farmer Taylor was tried in Nacogdoches County and found not guilty.

The newspaper reported that Moody was buried at the cemetery at Pea Ridge. Unable to locate the cemetery or the place of burial. He was survived by his wife, Cora Moody, and children Azzie, Elsie, Norman, Allen, Dave and Jesse.

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Rest in Peace Deputy Norton R. Moody. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers. May they rot in despair and turmoil for eternity.


Sr. Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police
March 31, 2016


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