Robert Elliton died on July 19, 1929 after being shot five days before by Charlottesville policeman A.A Adams. At a preliminary hearing into the shooting on August 1, 1929 Adams maintained he shot Elliton to prevent him from using a nightstick. 
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- Web. Patrolman Adams Certified To Grand Jury for Shooting of Robert Elliton, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 2, 1929, retrieved August 2, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 2, 1929 page 1.