John T. Echols

On February 16, 1886, John Echols shot and killed John Pettenridge in the Chickasaw Nation. The murder followed a dispute over the sale of some horses. Echols believed that Pettenridge had failed to deliver his end of the bargain.

When Pettenridge said that he was too busy to meet Echols demand to be made whole, Echols found him and killed him.

Echols, a white man born in Fulton County, Georgia, was convicted of first-degree murder on August 20, 1886, and sentenced to death.

John T. Echols was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas, on January 14, 1887.

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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