Killing of Willie James Little in Alabama in 1946


Case summary

Willie James Little, 23, was killed in 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama by police officers R. C. Casey and J. H. Aldrich. The police officers shot Little, whom they said was running to seize an ax. A coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide.


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

Date of incident: 1946-02-19
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: attacking a police officer with an axe; being involved in a domestic dispute

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

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