Sheriff William E. Haynes

Sheriff William E. Haynes

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, September 5, 1908

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William E. Haynes

Sheriff William Haynes was shot and killed in Hayneville by a local merchant.

The suspect was quarreling with his brother when the sheriff was appealed to for protection. As he attempted to quiet the man, who was drinking, he suddenly produced a pistol and shot him.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. The trial drew national attention. The suspect and Sheriff Haynes came from prominent families and both were involved in all political matters which affected Lowndes County. On February 25, 1909, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not guilty by reason of insanity

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Sheriff Haynes,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lowndes County.


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September 5, 2018

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