Killing of Caleb Hill Jr. in Georgia in 1949


Case summary

Caleb Hill Jr., 28, a chalk miner, was killed in 1949 by two men in Wilkinson County, Georgia. County Sheriff George Hatcher arrested and jailed Hill, allegedly for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The Sheriff left the jail unguarded and the keys on his dining room table. Two white men kidnapped Hill from the jail cell and shot him. Dennis Lamar Purvis and Malcolm Vivian Pierce were arrested in connection with the killing. Grand jury declined to indict.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-05-30
Location: Irwinton, Wilkinson County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: shooting at a sheriff during an arrest at the New Harlem Club (or Ceola's Place); creating a disturbance; resisting arrest

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Atlanta 44-305

Savannah 44-143

Charlotte 44-125

Bureau 44-1162

Bureau 44-1126

DOJ case ID:


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