George Dixon Sujynamie

George Sujynamie, a 19-year old Hualapai tribe member, was arrested for the murder of Arthur M. Cavell, a white taxi driver, who was beaten to death in April 1925, on the Fort Whipple Reservation, near Prescott, Arizona. Sujynamie then stole Cavell’s taxi. He was arrested hours after the killing.

Arizona Republic, April 22, 1925

Sujynamie later confessed that he killed Cavell so that he could use his car to acquire a gun to kill Minnie Carey, a woman with whom he was infatuated, and several others.

Arizona Republic, October 6, 1925

The execution occurred at the federal military facility near Prescott on October 10, 1925. Due to unrest related to the execution, Arizona officials denied the U.S. government the use of the gallows at the state 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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