Deputy Sheriff Marlin S. Stephens

Deputy Sheriff Marlin S. Stephens

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, March 21, 1975

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Marlin S. Stephens

Deputy Stephens was shot and killed by a drunk man who he had just driven home around 8 p.m. When the intoxicated man, a former county commissioner, stepped out of Deputy Stephens' vehicle he grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun out of the back of his pickup truck and shot Deputy Stephens.

Deputy Stephens, an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War, had been with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two brothers, two sisters, parents, maternal grandmother and other family members.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Charged with murder

off duty

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I am the sister of Marlin Stephens. That evening he was killed is burned into my memory. We were in revival at our church. The evangelist had eaten supper with us that evening before church. It was the first day of spring and such a beautiful day. During the church service, Mrs. Ida Tabb,who lived not far from our church- came to the door of the church and she somehow got my daddy's attention to come to the porch of the church. There, she told Daddy what had happened- he told a drunk man home, who turned around and shot him with a deer rifle/gun. He came back in and had to tell Mama. She was hysterical as any mother would be. My grandmother, who helped raise Marlin , was in her corner where she always sat. I don't know who told her,but she got the news. Our whole world fell apart that night and it has never been the same. We have learned to cope ,but there is not a day that goes by that he is not missed. Marlin had such a great personality. He LOVED life and having fun with his family. He loved to joke and make us laugh. Grandma, Daddy, and Mama have all gone on now. I know that was such a reunion for all of them! We love you Marlin!

Rebecca West LaGuardia

April 13, 2018

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