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Guard Dabney Slayden | Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia


Dabney Slayden

Virginia State Convict Road Force, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, December 4, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Guard Dabney Slayden was shot and killed by former inmates of Convict Camp 13, on Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County, during a robbery attempt.

Guard Slayden, who lived in a cottage on the grounds of the prison camp, was found suffering six gunshot wounds just outside the door of his cottage. It was later determined that several former inmates who were familiar with Guard Slayden had gone to the cottage with the intention of robbing him. He was shot as he put up a struggle in an effort to resist the robbery.

Three men were arrested and charged with Guard Slayden's murder. One subjecct was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The remaining two were convicted of second degree murder.

Guard Slayden was an employee of the Virginia Department of Highways and had been deputized as a guard on the Virginia State Convict Road Force. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

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May your sacrifice and loss not be forgotten. Rest in Peace knowing that the Thin blue Line is still fighting the good fight and keep your community safe. God Bless.

Captain (retired) Russ Lescault
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March 13, 2017


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