Monday, January 4, 2010

Prosecutor of Medgar Evers' assassin to begin prison sentence

Bobby DeLaughter, the assistant prosecuting attorney who convicted Byron De La Beckwith for the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will begin serving an 18-month prison sentence for obstruction of justice Monday. From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:

As an assistant district attorney, DeLaughter overcame improbable odds in pursuing a case against Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP.

In 1994, the world watched as DeLaughter, together with then-District Attorney Ed Peters, successfully prosecuted Beckwith for murder. Beckwith, sentenced to life in prison, died in 2001.

On July 30, DeLaughter stepped down as a Hinds County circuit judge and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a corruption investigation involving multimillionaire and former lawyer Dickie Scruggs.

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