Frank X. Mooney

Frank X. Mooney, a deputy with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, was shot by Charles L. Hoard as he attempted to serve a writ to dispossess Hoard of his furniture on May 2, 1923. Mooney died of his wounds on May 19, 1923.

At trial, Hoard claimed that he acted in self-defense, believing that Mooney was attempting to steal his furniture.

Hoard was convicted of second-degree murder on December 13, 1923.

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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