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Byron De La Beckwith
Birth: Nov. 9, 1920
Death: Jan. 21, 2001
Jackson
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

White supremacist convicted of the June 12, 1963, murder of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers in Mississippi. In 1964, Beckwith was tried twice for the murder, but both trials ended with hung juries, both juries being all-white. In 1989, at the insistence of Evers' widow Myrlie Evers Williams, Hinds County, MS, Assistant District Attorney Bobby DeLaughter reopened the Evers murder case, which eventually resulted in the 1994 conviction and life imprisonment of Beckwith. The jury who convicted Beckwith included 8 African-Americans. In 1997, the conviction was upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Beckwith, who had a history of high blood pressure, heart problems, and other ailments, died in prison at the age of 80. 
 
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  Thelma Lindsay Neff Beckwith (1909 - 2007)*
 
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Cause of death: Heart failure
 
Burial:
Chattanooga Memorial Park
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 25, 2001
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