James F. Farrell

James F. Farrell, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot on July 5, 1927, when he stopped two men for questioning on the North Side. He died the next day.

Lannell Duncan and Robert Thomas were arrested in the area soon after but were released the same day due to a lack of evidence. Philip Butler was arrested in connection with the murder in August 1927, though the evidence against him was weak and he was released to face separate charges in Baltimore.

No other arrests were made.

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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