Deputy Sheriff Charles Lee Sims

Deputy Sheriff Charles Lee Sims

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, August 21, 1931

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Charles Lee Sims

Deputy Sheriff Charles Sims was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute involving a man and his wife.

While inside the couples home the man shot him in the head with a shotgun. The suspect was apprehended six weeks later in Albion, Michigan. Because of so many lynchings in Alabama, it took more than a month to convince Michigan Governor Wilbur M. Brucker to allow his return to Butler County.

On December 11th, 1931, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison on June 6th, 1933.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Died in prison


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Dear Granddad Sims,
You went to your heavenly home before I ever got to know you. Dad spoke so often of his memories and love for you, I feel that I knew you through his love for you. Your service to protect, courage and love for your family is a great inspiration to me. God bless you always.

Your loving Granddaughter (Harold's daughter),

Cynthia Sims Kirkland

April 3, 2017

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