Tom Moore

On May 25, 1889, Charles Palmer, who lived in the Chickasaw Nation near Emit, was shot and killed on an isolated road. Though the reason was not immediately apparent, Palmer’s neighbor, Tom Moore, who had earned the suspicion of the Palmer’s for his past behavior, was arrested a few days later.

In legal proceedings that lasted years, Moore was tried four times; two trials ended in a mistrial, a third resulted in a conviction that was overturned on appeal, and the fourth resulted in Moore’s execution.

His first trial began on October 22, 1890 in federal court in Paris, Texas, and resulted in a conviction that was subsequently reversed on appeal. A trial that began on May 13, 1891, resulted in a hung jury, as did a third trial that began on November 6, 1891.

At trial on April 22, 1892, Moore was again convicted and sentenced to death. That conviction was sustained on appeal

Tom Moore was hanged in Paris, Texas, on September 28, 1894.

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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