‘Mississippi Burning’ civil rights case closed
Jackson, Miss. — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says that barring new information, no more prosecutions are expected in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.
Hood made the announcement about the Neshoba County killings in a Monday press release ahead of a scheduled news conference. The “Freedom Summer” slayings sparked national outrage and helped spur passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They became the subject of the movie “Mississippi Burning.”
Hood says the U.S. Department of Justice recently released findings to his office that led to the decision to close the case.
In 1967 eight people were convicted of federal civil rights violations related to the killings of the three workers.
In 2005 Hood and the Neshoba county prosecutor won a manslaughter conviction against white supremacist Edgar Ray Killen.