Killing of Arthur Lee Walton in Alabama in 1952


Case summary

Arthur Lee Walton (1936-1952), a schoolboy, was killed by Detective Lawton Grimes, Sr., in Bessemer Jefferson County, Alabama. Grimes claimed that he caught Walton trying to burglarize the Harlem Record and Hosiery Story in Bessemer, and that Walton threatened him with a knife, so he shot Walton in self-defense.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1952-11-12
Location: Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: committing burglary

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