Killing of Bobbie Hall in Georgia in 1943
Bobbie Hall (1912 - 1943), a mechanic, was killed by Sheriff Claude Screws and deputies Frank Edward Jones and Jim Bob Kelley on the county courthouse lawn in Baker County, Georgia. The policemen arrested Hall on a phony warrant. They killed him because he had previously appeared before a grand jury to recover a pistol that Sheriff Screws had wrongfully taken from him. At a federal trial a jury convicted Screws, but the conviction was overturned by an important Supreme Court opinion challenging jury instructions on the federal civil rights crimes law.
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