August 22, 1998 |
Former Ku Klux Klan leader Samuel H. Bowers was convicted Friday of ordering the 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, finally bringing to a close a case that saw four deadlocked juries in the years after the attack. This time, the jurors took only two hours to find Bowers guilty of murder and arson in the slaying, which prosecutors said was ordered because Dahmer was helping fellow blacks register to vote.
November 6, 2006 |
Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers, who was sentenced to life in prison eight years ago for ordering the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, died of cardiopulmonary arrest in a state penitentiary, officials said. He was 82. Bowers was convicted of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer Sr., a civil rights activist who had fought for black rights.
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November 7, 2006 |
Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel H. Bowers, convicted eight years ago of ordering the 1966 bombing death of a civil rights leader, has died. He was 82. Bowers died Sunday morning of cardiopulmonary arrest in the Mississippi State Penitentiary Hospital in Parchman, said Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tara Booth. The Klansman was convicted in August 1998 of ordering the assassination of Vernon Dahmer Sr.
June 16, 1999 |
A judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the murder case of a businessman accused of taking part in the 1966 slaying of civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer. The judge said the jury improperly heard a key prosecution witness mention a possible Ku Klux Klan-related threat. Defense attorneys for the businessman, Charles Noble, had sought the mistrial after FBI informant Billy Roy Pitts testified he was being watched last week by a former Klansman and felt threatened because of his testimony.
August 20, 1998 |
Vernon Dahmer was targeted for death by Samuel H. Bowers and his White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan because of his efforts to register blacks to vote, an FBI informant said Wednesday. And the lawyer defending Bowers at his arson and murder trial attended a meeting where the Klan attack on Dahmer's home was discussed, former Klansman Billy Roy Pitts testified, bringing an unsuccessful defense demand for a mistrial. Bowers is being tried for the fifth time in connection with the Jan.
August 19, 1998 |
Civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer braved a fire so hot it peeled the skin from his arms as he fought to save his wife and children from a Ku Klux Klan attack 32 years ago, his family testified Tuesday. Hours after the firebombing, he died in the arms of his wife, Ellie Dahmer, she testified at the murder and arson trial of former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard Samuel H. Bowers, now 73.