In a Philadelphia courtroom, the father of a young sexual assault victim shoots her accused attacker dead.
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)
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), II: 834.