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Town Marshal William Henry Newberry | Jakin Marshal's Office, Georgia Jakin Marshal's Office, Georgia

Town Marshal

William Henry Newberry

Jakin Marshal's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 15, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Escaped

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Town Marshal William Newberry was shot and killed as he responded to the cries of a woman screaming for help inside her home.

As he entered the home, the woman's husband shot him dead. The suspect escaped and fled to Florida.

The suspect was a preacher, accused of instigating his followers to all sorts of things that made for disorder. Because Marshal Newberry had raided some of his meetings, some citizens felt that the marshal's death was decreed by the followers and the preacher was appointed to kill him. An angry mob, determined to avenge the murder of Marshal Newberry, went on a three day rampage throughout Early County. Three men were killed, several more were whipped, and a dozen churches were burned.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 102nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 21, 2013

 

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