A Lawman pays the Price A killer gets killed in an act of vengeance.

Yuma Lawman True West Magazine
Yuma, Arizona.

Early in 1901, Yuma (AZ) Constable H.H. Alexander was sent to serve papers on local farmer J.J. Burns.  Instead, the lawman shot and killed Burns’ wife. Alexander was arrested, tried and convicted of murder in the case.  He was sentenced to life in prison at the Yuma penitentiary. He never made it that far.

On April 9, while being taken from the local courthouse to the prison, Alexander was shot and killed by a sniper who was positioned in a nearby building.  Nobody was ever arrested in his murder.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.