Martin Pluter, a Pennsylvania State Constable, was shot and killed after an altercation with five men in Wall Borough on April 16, 1934. After telling the men to go home, a fight broke out. Pluter drew his gun and shot one of the men in the foot; his gun was then turned against him and he was killed.
Two men, John Arendas and Paul Hardin, were formally charged. Arendas was the son of the former Wall Borough constable; Pluter had been appointed to replace him after the senior Arendas was removed from office for corruption.
John Arendas pled guilty to second-degree murder in September 1934 and was sentenced to six to twenty years in prison. Hardin was convicted at trial of voluntary manslaughter the following month and sentenced to four to eight years in prison.