Government probing 'new information' in Emmett Till slaying

DOJ reopens Emmett Till case after ‘new information’ arises report

Justice Dept reopens investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching murder

But now, the Associated Press reports, the Justice Department has reopened its investigation, citing "new information" in the notorious murder case that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.

The report, issued in March, said the department reopened the case "after receiving new information". The 14-year-old Till, who was black, was lynched by a group of white men in MS after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in a shop.

A federal official says the renewed investigation of the killing of Emmett Till was prompted by a book published a year ago that includes a key figure's acknowledgement that she lied about the case. The boy was visiting family in Money, Miss., deep in the Mississippi Delta, from Chicago when he went to a store owned by Donham and her then-husband, who was one of the men who ultimately confessed to Emmett's murder.

Two white men - Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam - were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of the Chicago teen, who had been staying with relatives in northern MS at the time.

Mississippi District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose circuit oversees the community in which Emmett was abducted, offered his opinion on the development.

Emmett's mother demanded that her son's body be returned to Chicago, where he was put on public display for a viewing. Deliberations barely took an hour, and one juror claimed the acquittal could've come sooner had they not stopped to have a soda.

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In her testimony at the murder trial, Bryant said that a "nigger man" grabbed her by the hand in her store and said to her, "How about a date, baby?" Relatives of Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case a year ago after publication of the book.

Donham, who will be 84 this month, now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and declined comment to the AP. In an interview with NBC, Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till and the co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, said "None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done". Three years later, a MS grand jury declined to issue new charges.

The Justice Department declined to comment to AP about the investigation.

Donham, then 21 and known as Carolyn Bryant, testified in 1955 as a prospective defense witness in the trial of Bryant and Milam. The two men have since died. When Donham had testified in the Till case she said that the teen Till grabbed her and verbally threatened her.

The woman - Carolyn Bryant - reportedly told her husband and brother that Emmett had groped her, made crude remarks, and wolf-whistled at Carolyn. She resisted and pulled away, but Till approached her and got her by the waist, she said. In an interview published in the book, Bryant admitted she lied about Till coming on to her. Donham told Tyson that "nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him".

"We don't know anything".

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