USA: Emmett Till case, woman who accused him will not be charged

USA: Emmett Till case, woman who accused him will not be charged

(ANSA) — NEW YORK, AUGUST 11 — There will be no justice in the case of Emmett Till, the African-American boy who was brutally lynched for racial reasons in 1955 in Money, Mississippi. A grand jury has decided not to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman who led his allegations to the 14-year-old’s killing some 70 years ago. According to Leflore County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, there is insufficient evidence.

Donham, who currently resides in North Carolina and is in his 80s, was charged with kidnapping and manslaughter in a lawsuit filed in 2004.

In recent developments, 67 years after Till’s death, an unenforced warrant for Carolyn Bryant Donham, identified in the document as “Mrs Roy Bryant,” was found in a basement of a Mississippi courthouse and charged with kidnapping Emmett in 1955, then just 14 Year old.

After the discovery, the boy’s heirs had sought the arrest of the woman, who at the time of the murder was married to one of two white men who were tried and acquitted just weeks after Till’s kidnapping from her Mississippi home.

After the massacre, the boy’s body was thrown into a river. In August 1955, Donham began the case by accusing Till of making improper advances in their family business in Money. A cousin of Till said instead that the boy just whistled at the woman.

According to the evidence gathered, a woman, most likely Donham, showed Till to the men, who then killed him. The warrant was released at the time, but the Leflore County sheriff told the press he didn’t want to “harass” a woman who has two children to look after. (HAND).

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