Killing of Willie Malachi Williams in Alabama in 1946


Case summary

William Malechi Williams (1901 – 1946) was killed by Miles H. Dillard, a federal alcohol tax agent, in Birmingham, Alabama. Dillard alleged that Williams struck him with a bottle and began choking him when he was attempting to arrest Williams for violating liquor laws. A coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide.


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

Date of incident: 1946-06-21
Location: Coalburg, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: unknown - rural
Allegation against victim: assaulting a police officer; moonshining

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

Criminal process
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