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William Shelton is a character in L.A. Noire. He is a suspect in the traffic case "Marriage Made in Heaven", and the arson street crime Accident Prone.



Shelton worked in Los Angeles as a surveyor. His job involved driving around to help develop important charts and records of the city. However, Shelton was somewhat clumsy, if not reckless, as he caused many hit-and-run accidents.

Events of L.A. Noire

While surveying downtown one night, Shelton was dangerously speeding down the road, and hit Lester Pattison. Shelton instantly panicked, drove off and packed his belongings, preparing to leave the city. However, he was confronted the next morning by Traffic Detectives Cole Phelps and Stefan Bekowsky. Shelton attempted to escape, but was apprehended after a car chase, where he admitted to hitting Lester by accident, and ran in order to keep his driver's license, as it was necessary for his job. Shelton was shocked to learn of Lester's death, and he was imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter.

During "Accident Prone", it is revealed that Shelton has been released from prison. And he has caused yet another hit-and-run incident, falling asleep behind the wheel, crashing into a lamp post and killing a bystander. Shelton, in shock, abandoned his car and hid behind a dumpster in an alleyway. When he was found by Phelps, Shelton instantly got into a fistfight hoping to fight his way out, but was subdued. Despite no criminal intent, Shelton was a public danger, hence taken into custody. Shelton's drivers license was then revoked, and he was again imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter.


Case Appearances


Street Crimes (Arson)

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