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Special Constable James Leon Broome | Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

Special Constable

James Leon Broome

Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, December 15, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable Broome was beaten to death while guarding a pump house at Oak Cliff Cemetery. He had been appointed by the Constable to guard the facility after it had been broken into seven times over the previous ten days. When the Constable returned at 0425 to pick up Special Constable Broome he found that he had been assaulted and beaten to death with a car crank and wrench. Two suspects were apprehended for his murder and admitted to killing him when they were caught breaking into the pump house. One was sentenced to 99 years and the other was sentenced to life. One was pardoned in 1934 and the other in 1951.

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I am a nephew of his. He was my mother's brother. My mother was Ava Pearl Broome Turner. I can remember the incident even though I was only 6 and 1/2 years old at the time. I can remember his widow, my aunt Minnie reading scripture to the family gathered around the kitchen table as we grieved during the Christmas season. His influence left a legacy of strong Christian Faith and a powerful example for all the family to follow.

William Judson Turner
January 22, 2015


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