Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton

Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton

Menifee County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, July 13, 1932

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Marion Stapleton

Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton was shot and killed and Deputy Sheriff Stanley Helton was mortally wounded by a man wanted for the murder of a local farmer the previous day.

The suspect opened fire with a shotgun as the deputies approached. Deputy Stapleton was killed instantly. Deputy Helton, struck in his chest, succumbed to his wounds 12 days later. A third deputy was slightly wounded.

The suspect fled into the mountains but surrendered to a posse five days later. He was sentenced to death for Deputy Helton's murder and executed in the electric chair on November 3, 1933.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1933

murder suspect

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Deputy Sheriff Stapleton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Menifee County.


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July 13, 2022

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