Deputy Constable Marvin Durham

Deputy Constable Marvin Durham

Lauderdale County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, January 9, 1900

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Marvin Durham

Deputy Constable Durham and Constable W. D. Turner were shot and killed while attempting to transport an inmate from the Durhamville town jail to the county jail.

The inmate had been arrested earlier in the day for refusing to comply with a county health ordinance to be vaccinated. The city judge ordered the inmate to pay a fine. When he refused to pay, the judge ordered that he be moved to the Lauderdale County Jail in Ripley, Tennessee.

Constable Turner deputized Marvin Durham to assist him with moving the prisoner. As they were about one mile away from Durhamville two brothers of the inmate ambushed the constables and shot both of them. Their bodies were found lying in the street by Constable Turner's wife. The inmate was also shot and later lynched by an angry mob, along with another one of his brothers.

Both suspects fled the scene.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

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Deputy Constable Durham,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Constable for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lauderdale.


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January 9, 2020

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