facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Suspect in 1964 civil rights killings dies

Aug. 15, 2009 at 9:35 PM   |   Comments

MERIDIAN, Miss., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The death of a suspect in the 1964 killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi is a setback to prosecution of the case, an activist says.

Billy Wayne Posey, 73, of Meridian, Miss., died Thursday, 45 years after Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman disappeared, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. Posey narrowly escaped indictment in 2005 with a relative casting the deciding vote on the grand jury, the newspaper said.

Alvin Sykes of Kansas City, who pushed for passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, called Posey's death a "major setback in our continuing pursuit of truth and justice for Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner."

"However, at least he went to his grave knowing that the next knock on the door would be for him," Sykes said Friday.

Alejandro Miyar, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department, said the death does not change the investigation into the killings.

Three years after the bodies of the three civil rights workers were found buried in an earthen dam, seven men were convicted of federal conspiracy charges. Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Killeen was convicted on state murder charges in 2005 and sentenced to 60 years.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
3
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
4
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
5
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback