Killing of William Thomas in Alabama in 1952


Case summary

William Thomas, 54, a lumber worker, was killed in 1952 by deputy sheriff Tom V. Ellison in Birmingham, Alabama. Ellison alleged that Thomas threatened him when he was trying to intervene in an argument between Thomas and his wife.


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

Date of incident: 1952-01-25
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: being involved in a domestic dispute; using profanity; attacking a police officer

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

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
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FBI case ID:

Birmingham 44-260

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