Emmett Till slaying: Government reopens investigation, probing 'new information'

DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises report

DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises report

The once-closed lynching case of 14-year old African-American Emmett Till has been reopened.

The report issued in late March doesn't indicate what that information might be. The act is paving the way for the department to "expeditiously investigate" unsolved pre-1980 civil rights murders. In last year's The Blood of Emmett Till, however, it was discovered that Carolyn Donham had lied when she testified that Emmett Till harassed her with "verbal and physical advances" at a store in MS in 1955.

Four days later, on August 28, 1955, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, rousted Emmett from his bed in the middle of the night, ordered him into the bed of a pickup and eventually beat him viciously before shooting him in the head.

A MS prosecutor isn't saying whether federal authorities have given him any new information since they reopened an investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till in 1955.

An all-white jury acquitted Bryant and Milam of the murder barely a month after the incident, despite eyewitnesses identifying the two men at the scene of the crime and the their confessions, according to CNN. But Parker says the discussion likely occurred after the release of a book that raised questions about the Till case previous year.

Though the Justice Department has reopened its investigation-possibly due to Donham's comments to Tyson-it is not yet known if prosecutors will bring a new case against anyone connected to the murder. Three years later, a MS grand jury declined to issue new charges. "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done", she said.

His murderers then strapped a 75-pound cotton gin fan to his neck with barbed wire so it would weigh him down when they tossed him in the Tallahatchie River. The two men have since died, in 1994 and 1981, respectively.

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Bryant told Tyson that she "felt tender sorrow" for Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who fought for civil rights and died in 2003.

Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns.

"We don't know anything". Deliberations barely took an hour, and one juror claimed the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.

CHANG: Now, many people including Emmett Till's family hoped that your book would lead to reopening the investigation into his murder because you had the chance to speak with Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman who had accused Till of harassing her.

TYSON: She said her testimony in court of him grabbing her and making sexual advances to her - that part's not true.

Till's cousin, Wheeler Parker, said Thursday he's "pretty sure" an investigator asked him about what happened in a MS store the day Till whistled at a white woman before his slaying in 1955.

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