Killing of James Jones in Florida in 1949


Case summary

James Jones, age 26, car mechanic, was killed in 1949 by state game warden Ira Giddens in West Hollywood, Broward County, Florida. After a near-collision between the two men’s cars, Giddens pulled up alongside Jones’s car on the West Dixie Highway and fatally shot him. Trial jury convicted.


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

Date of incident: 1949-04-07
Location: Broward County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: arguing with a white man

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: [ ]
Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: yes
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 30 years

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