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City Marshal J. Robert Bennett | Lonoke Police Department, Arkansas Lonoke Police Department, Arkansas

City Marshal

J. Robert Bennett

Lonoke Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 11, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1938

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City Marshal Robert Bennett was shot and killed as he was pursuing a man he caught burglarizing the Lonoke post office. He was found shot to death near a railroad crossing two miles west of Lonoke. The suspect was apprehended in Texarkana the next day when he hopped off a freight train with a large quantity of stamps and a .38 caliber revolver.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on February 8th, 1938.

City Marshal Bennett is buried in Lonake Cemetery, Lonake, Lonake County, Arkansas.

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Marshal Bennett,
On today, the 79th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lonoke. It took another 5 months but your murderer finally got the justice that he deserved.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
September 11, 2016

 

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