Case of the Day

Case Description

Agusto, Tony - Age 32 - Shot to death in saloon at 750 So. Canal St., during quarrel with Wm. Taglia, alias Billy the Goat, who on Oct. 24 was held by the Coroner. Stray bullet from his gun also killed Marie Grimm. 21 Pct. 6/26/19 -Acquitted on 1) - Guerin - 11/7/19 - 1) s/o - Scanlon.

Case Number



Date of offense October 22, 1917
Date of death October 22, 1917
Address 750 S. Canal st.
Type of location Place of business
Type of business Bar/saloon
Location description saloon
Type of death Manslaughter
Type of manslaughter Other
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Dispute over money or property, quarrel
Total number of victims 2
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Agusto, Tony
Age 32 years
Gender Male
Race White


Name Taglia, William "Billy the Goa
Gender Male
Race White
Defendant/victim relationship Relationship Unknown


Precinct 21
Date defendant arrested October 24, 1917
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Time between crime and arrest Days
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision October 24, 1917
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge Scanlon
Date trial started June 26, 1919
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Acquitted
Number of times case stricken off 1
Allegations of police corruption No