Emmett Till Death Case Re-Opened in 2004

The U.S. Justice Department cited new information in its investigation of actions that led to the teen's 1955 murder in Mississippi.
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But Justice Department has said today that is going to reopen an investigation into a racially motivated murder that occurred in 1955. Emmett Till was a fourteen year old black boy in the deep south he was killed his attackers said. For whistling at a white woman it was one of the most infamous murders in the period of American history. That had no shortage of a horrendous race crimes here's ABC's Jim wooten. He was a Chicago kid visiting relatives in Mississippi. He came home and a casket his body mutilated beyond recognition even by his mother when I looked at my son. I have never seen anything so horrible in my life emits hill was murdered near money Mississippi by Roy Bryant. And JW mylan. After he'd allegedly flirted with the Bryant's wife. They threw his body into the Tolle hats she river and after their acquittal by an all white jury they confessed to the killing. Both men are now dead but in reopening the case Mississippi officials and the Justice Department say there is new information com. We have been told that other individuals may have been involved. In in the actions. Leading up to or around this this incident some of the new information came from a documentary film made by Keith devotional who says witnesses told him seven other people. Some still living. Were present at the murder salute the people that interviewed have knowledge of Brothers who were involved with the murder who was possibly still alive Ximian right emit tools cousins saw him taken away that night. Justice he says would be to convict any others involved. A conviction. Some one. Marlin and Brad committed this act this act was not done in a core. And he wasn't alone. For fifty years Emmett tools mother had urged a reexamination. Of her son's murder I have never. Stopped. Praying and hoping that this case would be re ultimate. She died not long after this interview but there is no time limit on the new investigation. No statute of limitation on murder. In Mississippi. Jim wooten ABC news Washington.

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