Killing of Edward Clifford Williams in Louisiana in 1943


Case summary

Edward Clifford Williams (1911-1943), a laborer, was killed by three sailors in Algiers, Louisiana. Williams was walking home from church with his wife and small children when the sailors started harassing the family. When Williams protested, they beat him and lacerated him to death with beer bottles. Walter C. Sherwood, a nineteen-year-old white Coast Guard member from Texas, stood trial in Orleans Parish. Trial jury acquitted.


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Date of incident: 1943-04-27
Location: Algiers, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: protesting when beer was poured on his wife and infant son

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

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Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
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