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George E. Roberts

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George E. Roberts

Birth
Kentucky, USA
Death
7 Jul 1890 (aged 29–30)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION M, Range 42 Grave 13 ***NO GRAVESTONE***
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Son of Louis Henry Roberts & Elizabeth Peeples.
Husband of Dora H. Bodenbender.

Officer Roberts died as the result of a head injury that he received while scuffling with a local precinct sheriff (registration officer), John Kelly. The argument and subsequent scuffle was about the legality of election material that Officer Roberts was tacking up at their location. During the physical confrontation Roberts was attempting to arrest Kelly. Kelly hit Officer Roberts breaking Roberts' neck. Kelly was later arrested at the Jefferson County (KY) Courthouse and charged with the murder of Officer Roberts.

Judge Thompson later amended Kelly's murder indictment to involuntary manslaughter (a misdemeanor at the time). The local prosecutor agreed to the amended charge, accepted Kelly's plea of guilty to the misdemeanor, fined Kelly $50, and the case was adjudicated. The governor of Kentucky issued a "remission" of the court-ordered fine thus excusing Kelly from having to pay anything for his crime.

Officer Roberts served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1882 until his death.

Sources:
- July 1890 Courier-Journal newspapers.
- Kentucky Mortuary Record, month July 1890.
- "Louisville Division of Police: 1806 - 2002" by Retd LPD Capt Mort Childress.

Patrolman George Roberts died after being punched in the neck by a man he was attempting to arrest.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Louisville Police Department for seven years.


Son of Louis Henry Roberts & Elizabeth Peeples.
Husband of Dora H. Bodenbender.

Officer Roberts died as the result of a head injury that he received while scuffling with a local precinct sheriff (registration officer), John Kelly. The argument and subsequent scuffle was about the legality of election material that Officer Roberts was tacking up at their location. During the physical confrontation Roberts was attempting to arrest Kelly. Kelly hit Officer Roberts breaking Roberts' neck. Kelly was later arrested at the Jefferson County (KY) Courthouse and charged with the murder of Officer Roberts.

Judge Thompson later amended Kelly's murder indictment to involuntary manslaughter (a misdemeanor at the time). The local prosecutor agreed to the amended charge, accepted Kelly's plea of guilty to the misdemeanor, fined Kelly $50, and the case was adjudicated. The governor of Kentucky issued a "remission" of the court-ordered fine thus excusing Kelly from having to pay anything for his crime.

Officer Roberts served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1882 until his death.

Sources:
- July 1890 Courier-Journal newspapers.
- Kentucky Mortuary Record, month July 1890.
- "Louisville Division of Police: 1806 - 2002" by Retd LPD Capt Mort Childress.

Patrolman George Roberts died after being punched in the neck by a man he was attempting to arrest.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Louisville Police Department for seven years.




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  • Added: Jul 24, 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55402650/george_e-roberts: accessed ), memorial page for George E. Roberts (1860–7 Jul 1890), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55402650, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by G. P. (contributor 47124408).