BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Latest in the renewed investigation in the killing of Emmett Till (all local times):
A potential witness in the death of the black teenager Emmett Till says that he has spoken with the police about the case in the past few months.
Till’s cousin, Wheeler Parker, said Thursday that he is “pretty sure” a researcher asked him about what happened in Mississippi save of the day Till whistled at a white woman for his murder in 1955.
Parker is 79 and the call months ago, and he says that he has a hard time remembering details. But Parker said the discussion probably occurred after the release of a book that questions over the last year. The book says the woman acknowledged that they are not honest when she testified that the 14-year-old To handle her.
Parker says the Ministry of Justice have not told the family anything about the reopening of the investigation. He says that they are waiting to get information just like everyone else.
A legal expert says it’s unclear what new charges may be the result of a renewed investigation into the death of Emmett Till more than 60 years ago.
University of Mississippi professor Tucker Carrington says conspiracy and murder charges could be filed if someone is still alive is shown to have been involved.
But he says that too much time has probably passed to the prosecuting anyone and for committing other crimes, such as lying to investigators or in court.
Two white men were tried on charges of murder and acquitted by an all-white jury, but they are both dead.
The Ministry of Justice has told Congress the reopening of an investigation of the killing after receiving “new information”. The authorities have not said what that might be, but the move followed the introduction last year of a book about the case.
A Mississippi prosecutor will not say whether the federal authorities have him no new information, because they are reopening an investigation into the death of Emmett Till in 1955.
District Attorney Dewayne Richardson refused to comment Thursday on any role he might have in the matter. But he says that it is always open to everyone involved died.
Two white men were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury after the brutal murder of 63 year ago. In 1955 the trial was held in the Tallahatchie County, which is not in Richardson’s district.
Richardson says that it is not uncommon for district attorneys to work together on the district line or for the state and federal prosecutors to help the local officers of justice. He says that if a case were to go forward, he and the other officer of justice can decide who would continue.
The federal government has reopened its investigation into the death of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 killing in Mississippi, shocked the world.
A Justice Department report to Congress says the agency is reinvestigating the killing after receiving what it calls “new information”.
The report does not indicate what the new information can be. But it was issued in March, after the publication last year of “The Blood of Emmett Till.”
The book says a white woman recognized that they are not honest when she testified that the 14-year-old grabbed her and whistled at her in a store in 1955.
Two white men were acquitted in the lynching, but later known.