John B. Goodwin and William Stewart

Fred Kibbe and Alfred Hillpot were merchants from Globe hunting on the San Carlos Indian Reservation in September 1910, not long before Arizona statehood.

They camped at a location maintained by two former soldiers who had served in the area, John Goodwin and William Stewart. There, on September 15, Kibbe and Hillpot were robbed and killed.

Goodwin and Stewart were tried in territorial court in Globe in December 1910. In separate trials, both men were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Those convictions were set aside after it was determined that the men were subject to federal jurisdiction.

Because the killings involved white victims and occurred on federal property, Goodwin and Stewart were subject to federal as opposed to state (had the killings occurred on state land) or tribal (had the killings involved Native victims) jurisdiction.

Tried in federal court in 1911 for Hillpot’s murder, Goodwin was convicted and sentenced to death and Stewart was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Because his original federal conviction was for killing Hillpot, Stewart was still subject to prosecution for killing Kibbe. That trial came in May 1913; Stewart was convicted and sentenced to death on May 8.

Only five days later, on May 13, 1913, John B. Goodwin was hanged at Globe, Arizona. William Stewart hanged more than a year later, on May 30, 1914.

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.

One thought on “John B. Goodwin and William Stewart”

  1. Hi Bill, I am making a short-film about this story. I will be filming in the actual locations of the events. Do you have access to the court case minutes for Stewart v United States? If so, can you please tell me where I can access those? Thank you.


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