County Policeman James Edwin McNair

County Policeman James Edwin McNair

Butts County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, November 23, 1925

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James Edwin McNair

County Policeman James McNair was shot and killed as he and several officers raided a liquor still.

The suspect, age 42, had recently been released from a prison chain gang where he stayed 20 years. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. During the next six years he was awarded five retrials, each one ending with a conviction of murder and another death sentence. On January 10, 1933, Governor Richard Russell commuted his sentence to life. On August 8, 1937, he escaped from prison. No record if he was captured.

The Butts County Police Department no longer exist.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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R.I.P. Sir. My Name is James Edwin McNair Jr, my father is James Edwin McNair (retired Wilmington Police Lt., Wilmington, DE) the son of Charles McNair who's family I believe were from GA. What would be the chances ? Thank you for your service.

James Edwin McNair Jr
Son of retired WPD Lt., (Wilmington, DE) James E. McNair Sr

September 19, 2019

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