Almost 63 years after his death Emmett Till‘s case is being revisited.
The Department of Justice has reopened the case surrounding the killing of the black teen after receiving “new information,” The Associated Press reported Thursday. The case was closed in 2007 after authorities said the suspects had died and the state grand jury didn’t file any charges.
No other information is known in regards to the reopening of the case.
A year ago came the report that Till’s accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham, lied about the teen physically and verbally threatening her.
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Donham said in Timothy Tyson‘s book, The Blood of Emmett Till. When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her. “He said [he had] done something with white women before,” she said. “I was just scared to death.” Although a jury did not even hear Carolyn’s words, the court spectators put her words on the record, which led to the jury acquitting the murderers of the 14-year-old boy.
Donham’s then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with Till’s murder but were later acquitted by an all-white jury.
Both men later confessed in a magazine interview but have since died.
Donham, however, is still alive and will turn 84 this month.
Source: AP News