Killing of Walter Weston Jr. in Alabama in 1948


Case summary

Walter Weston, Jr., 36, a laborer and WWII veteran, was killed in 1948 by police officer J. E. Lambert in Birmingham Alabama. Lambert and another officer, H. W. Brewer, were responding to a complaint from Weston’s wife that he had beaten her. Lambert said he shot at Weston when he attacked him with an ice pick. A coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-05-29
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: attacking a police officer with an ice pick; being involved in a domestic dispute

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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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