Killing of Henry Gordon in Alabama in 1949


Case summary

Henry Gordon (1929 - 1949), a WWII veteran who was serving a prison sentence, was killed by R. J. Croft, a prison guard, in Etowah County, Alabama. Gordon allegedly attacked Croft with a grass blade while working with a road crew at the prison camp. Croft fired three times, killing Gordon.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-07-29
Location: Springville, Saint Clair County, Alabama
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: attacking a prison guard

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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