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Rosalia's Marshal murdered during bank robbery

Ambushed by robber dressed as a woman

Series: Crime Corner | Story 10

ROSALIA — The day was August 14, 1935, when alarms sounded throughout the town while bank robbers fled, killing the local town marshal.

Marshal Albert “Bert” Lemley, 58, fired shots at the desperadoes in the Bank of Rosalia’s window. However, a single shot of a 32-caliber was fired, striking Lemley in the back, penetrating the shoulder, heart and lodging in the ribs. He was killed instantly.

An article written by the Spokane Chronicle reports that Lemley was ambushed by a third robber dressed as a woman at the point across the intersection on Main Street where the bank was located.

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