07 Dec 1856
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Chief Leschi is arrested for the murder of a militia member and imprisoned at Fort Steilacoom, despite no clear evidence that he was anywhere near the battle at which the militia member was killed. Chief Leschi’s first trial results in a hung jury, but he is convicted at his second trial in 1857 and executed in 1858. In 2004, Chief Leschi is exonerated by the Washington Court of Historical Inquiry.