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City Marshal Jefferson Davis Temple Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal

Jefferson Davis "J.D." Graham

Temple Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, April 27, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Shot and killed

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Marshal J.D. Graham was shot and killed by a drunk man seeking revenge as a result of an encounter with the marshal earlier in the evening. The marshal had ejected the man from a pool hall and ordered him to go home and go to sleep. The suspect went home, obtained a 12-gauge shotgun, and then went searching for Marshal Graham. He located the marshal on a city street. Marshal Graham again told the man to go home and then turned to walk away. The suspect shot Marshal Graham in the back of the head at a range of six feet, killing him instantly.

The suspect was convicted of Marshal Graham's murder and sentenced to 40 years. However, while the suspect was out on appeal he was killed by Marshal Graham's son. The son was tried for murder and acquitted.

Marshal Graham was survived by his wife and ten children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today on the 83rd anniversary of your death. 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 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
May 13, 2012


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