Deputy Sheriff Stanley Clay Helton

Deputy Sheriff Stanley Clay Helton

Menifee County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, July 25, 1932

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Stanley Clay Helton

Deputy Sheriff Stanley Helton was shot and mortally wounded and Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton was shot and killed 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 the 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 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 13, 1932
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1933

murder suspect

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 25, 2020

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