Man Acquitted in Civil Rights Slaying Has Died

Friday, September 2, 2016

The last of three men tried and acquitted in an infamous civil rights slaying in Alabama has died.  An obituary says Namon O'Neal Hoggle of Selma, died Tuesday. He was 81. Hoggle was among three men acquitted in 1965 in the beating death of the Reverend James Reeb of Boston. Reeb was a Unitarian minister who went to Selma in response to a call by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Reeb was white, and he was attacked by a group of white men after eating in a black-owned restaurant.  Hoggle, his brother and a third man were acquitted in the killing. The FBI closed an investigation of Reeb's killing in 2011 without filing any charges.

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