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

By Jane HaglApril 6, 2017

04/06/17

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.