Killing of Wesley Thomas in Louisiana in 1947


Case summary

Wesley Thomas (1916-1947), a wood cutter, was killed by 21-year-old farm hand W.D. Thompson in Calhoun, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Thompson sought out Thomas after Thomas had allegedly threatened the life of his employer, Z.W. Fuller. Sheriff Milton Coverdale called the shooting “justified.” A coroner’s jury ruled that Thompson killed Thomas in self-defense.


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Date of incident: 1947-07-30
Location: Calhoun, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Location type: private space - domestic
Allegation against victim: dispute over wages

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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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