Killing of Albert H. King in Georgia in 1941


Case summary

Pvt. Albert H. King (1919 - 1941) was killed by military police officer Robert Lummus at Fort Benn ing in Muscogee County, Georgia. King was accused of disorderly conduct during a bus trip from Columbus back to Fort Benning military base. Lummus entered the bus and attempted to apprehend King, who initially escaped, but was subsequently spotted by Lummus. Lummus shot King multiple times, alleging self-defense. Lummus was cleared of wrongdoing in military proceedings. The case was followed closely by William Hastie, then civilian aide to Secretary of War Henry Stimson. Hastie objected to the Army’s disposition of the case.


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

Date of incident: 1941-03-24
Location: Fort Benning, Chattahoochee County, Georgia
Location type: military installation
Allegation against victim: escaping from military police custody; resisting arrest

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Trial: yes
Conviction: no
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