William Walker

William Walker killed his neighbor, Calvin Church near Durant, Choctaw Nation, in December 1887. The killing followed a dispute over an axe that escalated into a verbal confrontation and then murder. Both men were Black.

Arrested soon after the killing, Walker was taken to Fort Smith for trial. He was convicted of murder in February 1889 and sentenced to death on April 29.

William Walker was hanged on August 30, 1889.

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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