Deputy Sheriff Joseph Washington Morton

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Washington Morton

Walker County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, March 18, 1922

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Joseph Washington Morton

Deputy Sheriff Joe Morton was shot and killed after being confronted by two known moonshiners. The suspects, brothers 14 and 18, had approached him and asked if he had a warrant for their arrest. When Deputy Morton responded that he did not, they assaulted him.

A struggle ensued in which the older brother pulled a gun and fatally shot Deputy Morton three times. He was convicted of murder and executed by hanging on September 1, 1922. His brother was sentenced to life but paroled on April 15, 1933.

Deputy Morton was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1922

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Deputy Sheriff Morton,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Walker County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 18, 2022

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