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Jun 29 - BREAKING: 1955 Warrant in Emmett Till Case Found, Family Seeks Arrest
 

 
1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching the basement of a Mississippi courthouse for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim who initiated the hunt want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years later.

A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham — identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document — was discovered last week inside a file folder that had been placed in a box, Leflore County Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill told The a*sociated Press on Wednesday.

Documents are kept inside boxes by decade, he said, but there was nothing else to indicate where the warrant, dated Aug. 29, 1955, might have been.

“They narrowed it down between the ‘50s and ‘60s and got lucky,” said Stockstill, who certified the warrant as genuine.

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The search was started by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and included two members of Till’s family: Cousin Deborah Watts, head of the Foundation; and her daughter, Teri Watts. They want authorities to use the warrant to arrest Donham, who at the time of the slaying was married to one of two white men tried and acquitted just weeks after Till was abducted from a relative’s home, k*lled and dumped into a river.

“Serve it and charge her,” Teri Watts told the AP in an interview.

Donham set off the case in August 1955 by accusing the 14-year-old Till of making improper advances at a family store in Money, Mississippi. A cousin of Till who was there has said Till whistled at the woman, which flew in the face of Mississippi’s racist social codes of the era.

Evidence indicates a woman, possibly Donham, identified Till to the men who later k*lled him. The arrest warrant against Donham was publicized at the time, but the Leflore County sheriff told reporters he did not want to “bother” the woman since she had two young children to care for.

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Now in her 80s and most recently living in North Carolina, Donham has not commented publicly on calls for her prosecution. But Teri Watts said the Till family believes the warrant accusing Donham of kidnapping amounts to new evidence.

“This is what the state of Mississippi needs to go ahead,” she said.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose office would prosecute a case, declined comment on the warrant but cited a December report about the Till case from the Justice Department, which said no prosecution was possible.

Contacted by the AP on Wednesday, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said: “This is the first time I’ve known about a warrant.”

Banks, who was 7 years old when Till was k*lled, said “nothing was said about a warrant” when a former district attorney investigated the case five or six years ago.

“I will see if I can get a copy of the warrant and get with the DA and get their opinion on it,” Banks said. If the warrant can still be served, Banks said, he would have to talk to law enforcement officers in the state where Donham resides.

Arrest warrants can “go stale” due to the passage of time and changing circumstances, and one from 1955 almost certainly would not pass muster before a court, even if a sheriff agreed to serve it, said Ronald J. Rychlak, a law professor at the University of Mississippi.

But combined with any new evidence, the original arrest warrant “absolutely” could be an important stepping stone toward establishing probable cause to initiate a new prosecution, he said.

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“If you went in front of a judge you could say, ‘Once upon a time a judge determined there was probable cause, and much more information is available today,’” Rychlak said.

Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he entered the store where Donham, then 21, was working on Aug. 24, 1955. A Till relative who was there at the time, Wheeler Parker, told AP that Till whistled at the woman. Donham testified in court that Till also grabbed her and made a lewd comment.

Two nights later, Donham’s then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, showed up armed at the rural Leflore County home of Till’s great-uncle, Mose Wright, looking for the youth. Till’s brutalized body, weighted down by a fan, was pulled from a river days later in another county. His mother’s decision to open the casket so mourners in Chicago could see what had happened helped galvanize the building civil rights movement of the time.

Bryant and Milam were acquitted of murder but later admitted the k*lling in a magazine interview. While both men were named in the same warrant that accused Donham of kidnapping, authorities did not pursue the case following their acquittal.

Wright testified during the murder trial that a person with a voice “lighter” than a man’s identified Till from inside a pickup truck and the abductors took him away from the family home. Other evidence in FBI files indicates that earlier that same night, Donham told her husband that at least two other Black men were not the right person.

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 1 month ago '04        #2
NAKHI ALLAH 
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Interesting
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 1 month ago '04        #3
DJ Maximum|M  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Is she still alive?
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 1 month ago '16        #4
Boogersugar  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x18
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 DJ Maximum said
Is she still alive?
Yes.


And she has damn near bragged about getting away with it, lock her geriatric a*s up idgaf if she even knows where she is anymore put the animal in a cage
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 1 month ago '04        #5
DJ Maximum|M  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 Boogersugar said
Yes.


And she has damn near bragged about getting away with it, lock her geriatric a*s up idgaf if she even knows where she is anymore put the animal in a cage
Wow smh

its funny how her warrant got *lost*

I want to see who protects this bi*ch
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 1 month ago '17        #6
Obadiah1Verse18  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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If you think they locking a 90 year old white woman up, something wrong with you.
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 1 month ago '21        #7
Playboy69  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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Finally
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 1 month ago '04        #8
JEBUS 917 
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Yea we’ve been punishing ppl from the past, why not bring this bi*ch to justice.


Found this petition online




Last edited by JEBUS 917; 06-29-2022 at 05:09 PM..
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 1 month ago '04        #9
jaynat603  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 DJ Maximum said
Wow smh

its funny how her warrant got *lost*

I want to see who protects this bi*ch
Half the damn state if not most protected her all these years. That warrant wasn't "lost", it was purposely buried and I bet there's way more cases where that warrant came from
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 1 month ago '05        #10
4REAL  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Great news! They need to hurry and charge this woman before she passes away. The Til family needs justice. If they can go back and arrest Cosby for incidents in the 1970s, there's no reason why this woman hasn't been held accountable.
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 1 month ago '18        #11
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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We deserve mother fu*king justice. Serve the warrant.
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 1 month ago '07        #12
silenced_shotty 
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i hope they wear her old a*s out like over stretched elastic undies. lock her a*s tf up
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 1 month ago '14        #13
brotheramir 
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L0CK DAT H0E UP!

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 1 month ago '21        #14
nocomment  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 JEBUS 917 said
Yea we’ve been punishing ppl from the past, why not bring this bi*ch to justice.
she's an old white woman


Last edited by nocomment; 06-29-2022 at 04:36 PM..
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 1 month ago '17        #15
1Oh 
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Serve the warrant that these racist a*s police refused to serve & intentionally buried for decades.
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 1 month ago '17        #16
DavidTheMan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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2 white reporters found her and her new name.
They said she was a vixtim and feels terrible ao they refused to name her.

White liberals, i pray to god thaf old bi*ch is still alive and dies in jail,. But this is america
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 1 month ago '16        #17
Funke  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Good if a WWII Nazi soldier can get brought up on charges i don't see why can't that lying a*s b*tch can get the same. Hopefully slave owners will be next, but that is a pipe dream for sure.
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 1 month ago '16        #18
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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for Emmett Till?

sheeeeeeeeit.


for the culture
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 1 month ago '04        #19
JEBUS 917 
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 nocomment said
she an old white woman
So was bill Cosby, not to long ago they jailed a 101 year old Nazi solider for 5 years for his roll in the holocaust.
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 1 month ago '04        #20
7twelve  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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1955 and its 2022 and its still going on.

but let's focus on "black on black crime" so we dont give attention to the real animals in america

salute to the black attorney who looked out and provided protection and aid to emmits moms when she came to see her dead son and try to get justice
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 1 month ago '21        #21
nocomment  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 nocomment said
she's an old white woman
 JEBUS 917 said
So was bill Cosby, not to long ago they jailed a 101 year old Nazi solider for 5 years for his roll in the holocaust.

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 1 month ago '19        #22
LungStrongDC 
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LOCK THIS OLD CRACKAJACK UP
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 1 month ago '04        #23
JEBUS 917 
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 nocomment said

My bad I thought homie was pointing out the fact she was old Lmfaoo, ah yes I see now the whites win again smh
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 1 month ago '21        #24
nocomment  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 JEBUS 917 said
My bad I thought homie was pointing out the fact she was old Lmfaoo, ah yes I see now the whites win again smh
I know what you meant, I was just fu*king wit you
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 1 month ago '06        #25
LYTE 
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 strongthetruth said
1955 warrant in Emmett Till case found, family seeks arrest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A team searching the basement of a Mississippi courthouse for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim who initiated the hunt want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years later.

A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham — identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document — was discovered last week inside a file folder that had been placed in a box, Leflore County Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill told The a*sociated Press on Wednesday.

Documents are kept inside boxes by decade, he said, but there was nothing else to indicate where the warrant, dated Aug. 29, 1955, might have been.

“They narrowed it down between the ‘50s and ‘60s and got lucky,” said Stockstill, who certified the warrant as genuine.

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The search was started by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and included two members of Till’s family: Cousin Deborah Watts, head of the Foundation; and her daughter, Teri Watts. They want authorities to use the warrant to arrest Donham, who at the time of the slaying was married to one of two white men tried and acquitted just weeks after Till was abducted from a relative’s home, k*lled and dumped into a river.

“Serve it and charge her,” Teri Watts told the AP in an interview.

Donham set off the case in August 1955 by accusing the 14-year-old Till of making improper advances at a family store in Money, Mississippi. A cousin of Till who was there has said Till whistled at the woman, which flew in the face of Mississippi’s racist social codes of the era.

Evidence indicates a woman, possibly Donham, identified Till to the men who later k*lled him. The arrest warrant against Donham was publicized at the time, but the Leflore County sheriff told reporters he did not want to “bother” the woman since she had two young children to care for.

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Now in her 80s and most recently living in North Carolina, Donham has not commented publicly on calls for her prosecution. But Teri Watts said the Till family believes the warrant accusing Donham of kidnapping amounts to new evidence.

“This is what the state of Mississippi needs to go ahead,” she said.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose office would prosecute a case, declined comment on the warrant but cited a December report about the Till case from the Justice Department, which said no prosecution was possible.

Contacted by the AP on Wednesday, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said: “This is the first time I’ve known about a warrant.”

Banks, who was 7 years old when Till was k*lled, said “nothing was said about a warrant” when a former district attorney investigated the case five or six years ago.

“I will see if I can get a copy of the warrant and get with the DA and get their opinion on it,” Banks said. If the warrant can still be served, Banks said, he would have to talk to law enforcement officers in the state where Donham resides.

Arrest warrants can “go stale” due to the passage of time and changing circumstances, and one from 1955 almost certainly would not pass muster before a court, even if a sheriff agreed to serve it, said Ronald J. Rychlak, a law professor at the University of Mississippi.

But combined with any new evidence, the original arrest warrant “absolutely” could be an important stepping stone toward establishing probable cause to initiate a new prosecution, he said.

ADVERTISEMENT
“If you went in front of a judge you could say, ‘Once upon a time a judge determined there was probable cause, and much more information is available today,’” Rychlak said.

Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he entered the store where Donham, then 21, was working on Aug. 24, 1955. A Till relative who was there at the time, Wheeler Parker, told AP that Till whistled at the woman. Donham testified in court that Till also grabbed her and made a lewd comment.

Two nights later, Donham’s then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, showed up armed at the rural Leflore County home of Till’s great-uncle, Mose Wright, looking for the youth. Till’s brutalized body, weighted down by a fan, was pulled from a river days later in another county. His mother’s decision to open the casket so mourners in Chicago could see what had happened helped galvanize the building civil rights movement of the time.

Bryant and Milam were acquitted of murder but later admitted the k*lling in a magazine interview. While both men were named in the same warrant that accused Donham of kidnapping, authorities did not pursue the case following their acquittal.

Wright testified during the murder trial that a person with a voice “lighter” than a man’s identified Till from inside a pickup truck and the abductors took him away from the family home. Other evidence in FBI files indicates that earlier that same night, Donham told her husband that at least two other Black men were not the right person.


 DJ Maximum said
Wow smh

its funny how her warrant got *lost*

I want to see who protects this bi*ch
They know what they were doing.
They didn't want to bother her or lock up the others
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