Killing of Bobbie Hall in Georgia in 1943


Case summary

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.


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

Date of incident: 1943-01-30
Location: Newton, Baker County, Georgia
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: stealing tires; successfully appealing to the local grand jury for the return of a pistol confiscated by the sheriff

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

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

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Civil lawsuits/claims filed: yes

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