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Oswald Charged with Murder of Dallas Policeman

Nov. 22, 1963 - At 7:04 p.m. Central Standard Time, Captain J.W. Fritz of the Homicide and Robbery Bureau of the Dallas Police Department signed complaint number F-153 charging 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald with the murder of 39-year-old Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit this afternoon. Assistant District Attorney Bill Alexander also affixed his signature to the complaint. Judge David Johnston then entered Mr. Oswald’s interrogation room and informed Mr. Oswald that he was charged in the complaint with having “unlawfully, voluntarily, and with malice aforethought killed J.D. Tippit by shooting him with a gun” earlier that day. Judge Johnston advised Mr. Oswald of his constitutional rights. “You’ll be given the opportunity to contact an attorney,” Judge Johnston told the prisoner. “Bond is denied on this capital offense. I hereby remand you to the custody of the sheriff of Dallas County, Texas.” Police and other officials continue to gather evidence and witness statements which they believe will positively connect Mr. Oswald with the murder of President Kennedy as well. Police sources say Mr. Oswald will likely be formally charged with that crime by the end of the day.


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