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In a Philadelphia courtroom, the father of a young sexual assault victim shoots her accused attacker dead.

Daniel Sickles murders Philip Barton Key in Washington DC, February 27, 1859
02/20/1867

After a delay of more than a year, George Ellar was brought to trial in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courtroom for the indecent assault on the twelve year old daughter of one Thomas Leis.  As the judge was beginning proceedings, Leis drew a pistol and fired at Ellar who died instantly.  Reportedly, Leis was tried a month later and acquited.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), II: 834.

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