Constable DeWitt Clinton Willbern

Constable DeWitt Clinton Willbern

Kinney County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 29, 1948

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DeWitt Clinton Willbern

Constable DeWitt Willbern was stabbed to death while attempting to arrest a drunk man in Brackettville.

He was stabbed above the right eyebrow, in the left chest, and also suffered numerous cuts. Constable Willbern was able to shoot the subject in the side with his .22 caliber revolver. The man was arrested by other officers. He was convicted of Constable Willbern's murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he died in 1966.

Constable Willbern had been appointed as the Precinct 1 constable seven months earlier to fill a vacancy. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in prison


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Constable Willbern,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kinney County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 29, 2023

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