Charles Brown


On June 18, 1957, Charles Brown, an African-American Air Force Airman, home on leave, was fatally shot by Raiford Walton, the subject, in the home that Walton shared with XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX in Benton, Mississippi.  The subject, then a 50-year-old farmer, who had been previously incarcerated for the manslaughter of his son-in-law, admitted that he shot the victim in the heart with a shotgun as the victim sat in XXXXXXX dining room.  The victim, who was a long-time acquaintance of XXXXXX and had worked as a farmhand for XXXXXXXXXX, was invited to dinner on the night of the shooting. Walton claimed that he shot the victim because the victim had been “too friendly” with XXXXXX while XXXXXX was out of town. The subject died on July 14, 1965.

Incident Date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 1957
Case Name: 
Charles Brown
Industry Code: 
Civil Rights Division
Updated October 6, 2016