Lisa Coffman will tell the story of Jerome Boyett and the killing of the Winningham lawmen

Posted October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

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Lisa Coffman grew up in East Tennessee, before moving to the California central coast, and has spent more than a decade tracking down as much of the story surrounding the Jerome Boyett killing of two members of the Winningham family who were deeply involved with Clinton County life.

An article in last week’s Clinton County News incorrectly stated that Boyett shot and killed Clinton County Sheriff Willie Winningham.

While Willie Winningham was the Sheriff of Clinton County when Boyett committed a series of murders, he was part of a manhunt looking for Boyett after the subject shot and killed his brother and father, George and Floyd Winningham.

Willie Winningham’s widow, Anne Winningham, was Clinton County’s first woman sheriff, serving out her late husband’s term when he was shot and killed while trying to arrest a drunken man later that same year.

Sponsored by the Clinton County Community Foundation, Lisa Coffman is traveling to this week’s Foothills Festival to tell those interested what she has learned while working on a book about the murders committed by Boyett and the manhunt and lynching that followed.

Coffman’s presentions will take place in the Albany First Baptist Church Fellowhip Hall.

Enter the Fellowship Hall from Cumberland Street for any or all of the three presentations planned for Saturday, at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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