May 25, 1991 |
A key witness against a white supremacist re-arrested in the 1963 slaying of NAACP leader Medgar Evers said he is scared and does not want to testify. Delar Dennis, an FBI informant while in the Ku Klux Klan from 1964 to 1967, notified Hinds County, Miss., prosecutors that he feared for himself and his family if he testified against Byron De La Beckwith. Beckwith, 70, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., is jailed in Chattanooga, Tenn.
December 24, 1992 |
A man who faces his third trial in the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers was freed Wednesday on bail. Byron De La Beckwith was released hours after Judge L. Breland Hilburn Jr. of Hinds County Circuit Court set $100,000 bail and ordered the Tennessee man to stay in Mississippi until his trial. A benefactor who did not want to be identified provided the cash needed for Beckwith to be freed, his attorney said.
February 3, 1991
I want to thank you for Garry Abrams' excellent article "Mississippi Turning" (Jan. 16). In addition to portraying the personal tragedy of Myrlie Evers, the article gave long-overdue acknowledgment to (former Klansman/FBI informant) Delmar Dennis and William H. McIlhany, author of "Klandestine," for making possible the current prosecution of Byron De La Beckwith (for the slaying of Medgar Evers in 1963). The book also is proof that the John Birch Society is opposed to racism and anti-Semitism, contrary to false impressions created by leftists in the news media.
June 4, 1991 |
Byron De La Beckwith, who has been tried twice for the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, must be returned to Mississippi to stand trial a third time, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled. Beckwith, 70, was first arrested Dec. 17. Freed on $15,000 bond, he was arrested again Dec. 30 on a warrant signed by Gov. Ned McWherter. Both of Beckwith's earlier trials ended in hung juries.
February 2, 1994 |
The prosecution rested in the Jackson, Miss., murder trial of Byron De La Beckwith after producing a surprise witness who said he heard the white supremacist claim responsibility for killing civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963.
January 22, 1991 |
A state appeals court today blocked the extradition of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith to Mississippi for a third trial for the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals said Beckwith could remain in Tennessee while he fights extradition to face a first-degree murder charge. But the court denied bail for the 70-year-old Signal Mountain man, who has been jailed in Chattanooga since his arrest Dec. 31 on a governor's warrant.