Killing of William Davis in Alabama in 1943


Case summary

William Davis, 38, a tenant farmer, was killed in 1943 by Posseman John Cross in Dallas County, Alabama. Cross mistook Davis for a suspect accused of robbing and handcuffing Sheriff J. C. Griffin to a tree. He claimed Davis failed to stop at his command.


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Perpetrator group type: posse, police

Date of incident: 1943-08-14
Location: Marion Junction, Dallas County, Alabama
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: failing to stop when a police officer ordered him to; resisting arrest; assaulting a police officer

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