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Constable Joseph A. Grimes County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

Constable

Joseph A. "Joe" Hall

Grimes County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 16, 1898

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/15/1898

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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A debating society met at the schoolhouse in Bedias. After the debate closed, Constable Joe Hall and others were standing by the side of the house talking when yelling was heard near the graveyard, in or near the public road. Hall immediately got on his horse, and started down the road in the direction of the yelling. Witnesses heard shots fired and found Hall lying on the ground. Hall was not armed. A doctor was called. Hall was suffering a great deal of pain, and asked the doctor if he thought he would live. The doctor told him no. Hall said he did not think he would live either. Hall then said that at the time of the difficulty he rode up, and put his hand on the man's shoulder who had been firing his pistol, and said to him consider yourself under arrest. The man turned and shot the constable several times. Hall died the next day.

A.H. Montgomery was indicted for the murder, convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. He appealed and the case was reversed and remanded. At a second trial Montgomery was convicted of manslaughter, and his punishment assessed at two years confinement in the penitentiary. The conviction was upheld on the second appeal.

Hall is buried in the Bedias Methodist Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Stella Hall, and children Edwin, Mariah Hall and Joseph Hall.

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Constable Hall,
On today, the 119th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Grimes County.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol
April 16, 2017

 

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