City Marshal Dewitt Clinton Early

City Marshal Dewitt Clinton Early

Bellevue City Marshal's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 4, 1946

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Dewitt Clinton Early

City Marshal Clint Early arrested L.T. Barnett on a warrant out of Wichita Falls, charging Barnett with forgery by check in the amount of $800.00. Marshal Early left Bellevue about noon with Barnett to take him to Henrietta, the county seat of Clay County. Marshal Early's daughter reported him missing that night when he did not return home. Early's body was found about 9:00 a.m. the next morning in a dry creek bed north of Henrietta. He had been shot twice. His pistol was missing.

Barnett was charged and tried in Clay County for murder. He was sentenced to fifty years in prison. However, in 1966, Barnett was given a full pardon.

Marshal Early had served as the Constable of Precinct 1 in Denton County from 1926 to 1928. The City of Bellevue no longer has a police department. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. He was buried in the Bellevue City Cemetery.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to prison


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City Marshal Early,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bellevue. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 4, 2021

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