Killing of Charles Milton Lewis in Florida in 1950
Charles Milton Lewis, 34, citrus worker, died in 1950 in custody of police officers Hessie T. Lewis and Garland Moore in Polk County, Florida. Lewis was arrested by Lewis and Moore on a charge of drunkenness and put in jail. Lewis was found burning in the jail cell. He was taken to the hospital but died from third degree burns. An FBI investigation stated that Lewis’ clothing had caught fire from a cigarette he was smoking.
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