Killing of Isaiah Nixon in Georgia in 1948


Case summary

Isaiah Nixon, 28, a farmer, turpentine worker and WWII veteran, was killed in 1948 by J. A. Johnson, a white man, in Montgomery County, Georgia. During Georgia’s primary election, Nixon went to a polling place and attempted to cast his ballot after he was advised not to vote. Later that night, Johnson and his brother Johnnie Johnson went to Nixon’s house and shot Nixon. The Johnson brothers were arrested and charged, J. A. Johnson with murder and Johnny Johnson with accessory to murder. Grand jury indicted. Trial jury acquitted.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: [ ]

Date of incident: 1948-09-08
Location: Alston, Montgomery County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: voting in the Democratic primary

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: [ ]
Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Savannah 44-112

Savannah 44-272

Miami 44-134

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