Killing of Charlie Lewis in Alabama in 1949


Case summary

Charlie Lewis, age 40, died in 1949 in a jail in Birmingham, Alabama. Lewis had been fined for resisting arrest and trespassing, and released on a charge of murder. Shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and a funeral home picked up his body at the jail. There were conflicting reports about whether the body showed signs of violent treatment.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-10-15
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: trespassing; resisting arrest; committing murder

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

Birmingham 44-172

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