Reversals and Acquittals of Capital Crimes after 1890

Name

Crime

Date Convicted

Date to be Executed

Final Disposition

William Alexander

Murder

January 21, 1890

October 1, 1890

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal; two mistrials. Nolle prosequi (case dropped)

John Boyd

Murder

October 29, 1890

April 21, 1891

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years.

Eugene Stanley

Murder

October 29, 1890

April 21, 1891

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years.

Alexander Lewis

Murder

October 26, 1891

April 27, 1892

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial acquitted by jury.

John Brown

Murder

March 22, 1892

June 28, 1892

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At second trial again found guilty and sentenced to hang. Second sentence also reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At his third trial he was sentenced to one year in prison.

Famous Smith

Murder

January 8, 1894

September 28, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Nolle prosequi (case dropped)

John Hicks

Murder

March 7, 1894

December 27, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted at his second trial.

Willie Johnson

Murder

March 7, 1894

July 25, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At his second trial sentenced to life imprisonment.

Marshal Tucker

Murder

March 12, 1894

December 27, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Sentenced commuted to life imprisonment at Brooklyn, New York.

John Gourke

Murder

May 22, 1894

December 27, 1894

Reverse by the Supreme Court on appeal. Pleaded guilty to manslaughter and sentenced to four years at Columbus, Ohio.

John Graves

Murder

July 29, 1894

November 2, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at his second trial.

Frank Collins

Murder

August 11, 1894

November 2, 1894

Sentence commuted

Robert M. Hall

Murder

August 17, 1894

November 2, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at his second trial.

Sam Hickory

Murder

August 25, 1894

November 2, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At second trial sentenced to five years.

Alexander Allen

Murder

October 11, 1894

December 27, 1894

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At second trial sentenced to life imprisonment.

Henry Starr

Murder

October 20, 1894

February 20, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Found guilty and sentenced again to hang at second trial; reversed by Supreme Court, and a third trial was ordered. In 1898 allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and sentenced to five years at Columbus, Ohio.

Dennis Davis

Murder

November 17, 1894

April 2, 1895

Adjudged insane and transferred to asylum

Thomas Thompson

Murder

December 4, 1894

April 24, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal

Charles Smith

Murder

February 20, 1895

June 25, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years.

John Allison

Murder

May 28, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial sentenced to seven years.

Mollie King

Murder

February 24, 1896

April 30, 1896

Initial verdict and sentence appealed. At new trial sentenced to life imprisonment.

Eli Lucas

Murder

June 11, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Released to the Choctaw Nation for trial in tribal court on proof of Choctaw citizenship.

Frank Carver

Murder

June 29, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. At new trial sentenced to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas J. Thornton

Murder

August 14, 1895

October 9, 1895

Sentenced to ten years at Columbus, Ohio

Buss Luckey

Murder

August 24, 1895

October 20, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted at new trial. Convicted of train robbery and sentenced to fifteen years.

Ed Wilkey

Rape

September 25, 1895

December 19, 1895

Sentence commuted

Ed Alberty

Murder

November 15, 1895

January 29, 1896

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at a new trial.

Mary A. Kettenring

Murder

June 24, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at a new trial.

George Frazier

Murder

June 24, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at a new trial.

Richard Calhoun

Murder

June 24, 1895

October 1, 1895

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Acquitted of the crime at a new trial.

James Mills

Rape

March 3, 1896

June 23, 1896

Reversed by the Supreme Court on appeal. Second trial resulted in a hung jury; acquitted of the crime at a third trial.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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