Special Deputy Edward Roberts

July 21, 1937
On a July morning Special Deputy Edward Roberts was summoned to Southwest Cotton Camp # 53 in Litchfield in response to reports that J.R. Murdoch, foreman of the camp, had been killed by a drunken employee that he had fired. As Roberts hurried towards the camp, the enraged laborer stepped out from behind a cabin and fired a shot. The wounded deputy slumped to the ground, unable to defend himself while his assailant grabbed Roberts’ own gun, using it to fire a second and fatal shot. Before backup from the Sheriff’s Office got to the scene, a foremen from a nearby camp arrived and killed the slayer in a pitched gun battle.