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Tue Jan 12, 2021, 02:43 PM

Texas: James Byrd Brutal Dragging Death By White Supremacist, Horrific Racist Hate Crime, 22 Yrs Ago [View all]

- John William King (left) and James Byrd Jr. (right).

- 'Texas executes John William King in racist dragging death of James Byrd Jr.'- Texas Tribune, *April 24, 2019. King and 2 other white men were convicted in the brutal East Texas murder of Byrd, who was black. King was the 2nd man executed for the crime; another man is serving a life sentence. - Excerpts, Ed: -

Itís been more than two decades since an infamous hate crime in East Texas, where three white men were convicted of chaining a black man to the back of a pickup truck, dragging him for miles and then dumping the remains of his body in front of a church. On Wednesday evening, John William King, 44, became the second and final man to be executed in the 1998 murder case of James Byrd Jr. Lawrence Brewer was put to death in 2011 for the crime, and Shawn Berry is serving a life sentence.

King had previously been involved in a white supremacist prison gang, and he was notoriously covered in racist tattoos, including Ku Klux Klan symbols, a swastika and a visual depiction of a lynching, according to court documents. But King maintained that he was innocent in Byrdís murder ó claiming that Berry dropped King and Brewer off at their shared apartment before Byrd was beaten and dragged to death.

Byrdís brutal murder drew a spotlight on the small town of Jasper and violent racism in the modern world. Evidence at trial showed police found most of the 49-year-oldís body on June 7, 1998, with three miles of blood, drag marks and body parts ó including his head ó on the road behind it. At the beginning of the gruesome trail, police found evidence of a fight, and Byrdís hat and cigarette butts later tied to King, Berry and Brewer, according to court documents. The three men were arrested shortly afterward...

- 'White supremacist executed for killing black man by dragging him behind truck.' ABC News, *April 24, 2019. James Byrd Jr., who was black, was murdered by three white men on June 7, 1998.

White supremacist John William King was executed on Wednesday, more than 20 years after he killed James Byrd Jr. in a horrifying hate crime. King was one of three white men convicted of murdering Byrd, who was black, on June 7, 1998, near Jasper, Texas. Byrd, a 49-year-old father of 3, was abducted, beaten, chained to the back of a pickup truck and then dragged down a country road. He was dragged for nearly 3 miles and was alive for at least 2 of those miles, according to The Associated Press.

King, 44, orchestrated the attack, according to the AP. He was sentenced to death in 1999. The other killers were Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed in September 2011, and Shawn Allen Berry, who is serving life in prison. In 1999, Byrd's family founded the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing, a non-profit organization that works to promote "racial healing and cultural diversity through education."

Byrd's gruesome slaying led to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009. The legislation added crimes motivated by victims' race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to the federal hate crime law. Shepard, an openly gay college student, was abducted, fatally beaten and tied to a fence in Wyoming in October 1998...

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