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Byron De La Beckwith

Byron De La Beckwith (1921-2001) was an American white supremacist and the assassin of civil rights leader Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi.

He was acquitted of the crime by a deadlocked all white jury in 1964, and was retried twice more. Beckwith was finally convicted in 1994, based on new evidence that he had boasted about the killing at a Ku Klux Klan rally. He was given a life sentence for murder and died in prison in 2001 of heart problems, while his case was still being appealed.

See:

List of assassins



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