Killing of Joe Mims in Alabama


Case summary

Joe Mims (1880-1940) was shot to death in Birmingham, Alabama by one Clyde Smith, who accused Mims of breaking into his chicken house. An alarm on the chicken house alerted Smith that someone was breaking in. He sighted Mims, chased him, and then fired eight times with a rifle, killing him. The coroner ruled the killing a justifiable homicide.


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Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Allegation against victim: breaking into chicken coop; attempting to steal chickens

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