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Detective Ernest Andrew Whitten | Albertville Police Department, Alabama Albertville Police Department, Alabama

Detective

Ernest Andrew Whitten

Albertville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 25, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # 32

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Detective Whitten was shot and killed when he answered a knock at his back door at approximately 2100 hours. The suspect in a case that Detective Whitten was investigating hired two hit-men to murder him so that the suspect would not face any jail time. Detective Whitten survived long enough to identify the murderers. All parties involved where charged with murder.

Two of the suspects were sentenced to death and the third was sentenced to 25 years in prison. One of the suspects had his sentence reduce to life in prison without parole in 2005 when the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitional to execute convicted murderers who committed their crimes as juveniles. The suspect sentenced to 25 years was denied parole in 2010. His next parole hearing is in 2020.

Detective Whitten was survived by his parents and brother.

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It's hard to believe we're approaching 20 years since the day we saw your name honored on the wall along with all the other LODD from 1995 with all the family. It's a day that will forever be engrained in my memory as well as the person you were. You made an impact on so many and will never be forgotten.

Dispatcher/Mylina
April 7, 2016

 

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