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U.S. Justice Department might reopen Emmett Till's case

By J.A. HaglApril 6, 2017


Attorney General Jeff Sessions supports the idea of the U.S. Justice Department reopening its investigation into the 1955 killing of Emmett Till. Carolyn Bryant Donham, who Till allegedly wolf-whistling at, revealed she lied both when she testified in the original case and to the FBI in 2004. Donham's husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam admitted to beating and killing 14-year-old Till before dumping his body in a river. They were never convicted. The FBI closed the case in 2007 after a grand jury failed to indict her.