Byron De La Beckwith

Byron De La Beckwith

Birth
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Death 21 Jan 2001 (aged 80)
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 20437 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 24 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20437
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Byron De La Beckwith (9 Nov 1920–21 Jan 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20437, citing Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .