Albert William Devlin

Albert William Devlin, an officer with the McCandless Township Police Department, was killed while pursuing a stolen vehicle on January 8, 1973. During the pursuit, 19-year old Charles G. Comer, ran Devlin’s vehicle off the road and into a utility pole. Devlin died at the hospital that same night.

Charged with first-degree murder, resisting arrest, assault, and other charges, Comer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on June 25, 1973, and sentenced to three to nine 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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