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Grand jury denies indictment of Emmett Till’s alleged accuser

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A Leflore County grand jury has declined to indict the woman involved in the killing of Emmett Till following the discovery of an unserved arrest warrant in late June.

The warrant was found in the basement of the county courthouse, calling for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham one day after Till’s death on August 28, 1955.

Till, a 14-year-old African American male from Chicago, was staying with relatives in Money, Mississippi when he allegedly whistled at Donham. When told of Till’s purported actions, Donham’s husband and his half-brother beat and tortured Till until he died from a gunshot to the head.

The young man’s death has fueled a civil rights movement that has lasted for decades with his renewed case being closed once again in December 2021, leaving 88-year-old Donham free of any charges.

Now, the potential opening of Till’s case has once again been eliminated after over seven hours of evidence and testimonials were made to the grand jury Tuesday. Charges involving kidnapping and manslaughter were discussed, leading to the jury’s ruling that there was not a sufficient amount of evidence to indict Donham.

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