John A. Weimar

John A. Weimar, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed on August 24, 1874, at the intersection of Wylie Avenue and Chatham St., in the Hill District.

Weimar and fellow officer David Bailey had arrested Hezekiah K. Hillon, a “colored barber,” and William Sproul, and were escorting them to the jail when Hillon drew a weapon and shot Weimar.

Hillon was convicted of second-degree murder on October 28, 1874. Hillon’s intoxication apparently kept him from a first-degree murder conviction.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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