James H. Sheehy

James H. Sheehy, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed by Silas Carter while escorting him to the police station in the Hill District on May 18, 1902. Carter fled.

Carter was reported to have been killed in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1904 before being apprehended in Pittsburgh in 1906.

At trial, Carter claimed he acted in self-defense while being beaten. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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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